shinrin-yoku madison


JUNE 11 | 10-11:30am
Forest Bathing Walk:

Fridays in the Forest

Join Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Kate Bast for a Shinrin-Yoku morning stroll through the spring woods, to ease you into your weekend. 

Friday June 11, 2021
Walk begins promptly at 1:30! 

Meet at the Ice Age Interpretive Trail parking lot at approximately
8075 Old Sauk Pass Road, Cross Plains. This lot is across the road from Cross Plains State Park.  


Register in advance.
Registration closes at 9am morning of walk. Two required forms will be emailed to you to complete prior to the walk. 

No drop-ins or onsite registration/payment available due to preparation constraints. Thanks!! 


forest bathing + nature connection

What is Shinrin-yoku? In Japanese it means "forest bathing," or immersing oneself in the atmosphere of nature. The Japanese coined the term in the 1980s, but really, going to the land is an ancient practice embraced by cultures throughout history for healing and insights. 

It is not a hike (no cardio!). Nor is it a naturalist walk filled with facts and data, nor psychological therapy nor even mindfulness.

It is meditative. It is a slowing down and experiential noticing, your senses fully activated to drop you into a state of just beingness. 

Time in nature increases our creativity and focus, and softens rumination, anxiety and depression. 

It is also healing, with plentiful evidence-based research documenting the positive health benefits: lowered pulse rate and blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, increased Natural Killer cell response, improved immune function—and more. 

The positive effects last several days. 

The forest is the therapist. Nature provides the medicine each of us needs. The guide opens the door. 

"We need the tonic of wildness. ...We can have never enough of nature."—Henry David Thoreau

I will guide you on a
Shinrin-yoku walk to find 
the calm + the balm,
the meaning + the connection
with Nature—and yourself.

What You Need to Know
About Forest Bathing
with Kate