Winter Solsitice Forest Bathing
December 20, 2020 @ 2:00PM — 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Experience the winter solstice through all of your senses.
Winter Solstice Forest Bathing
Sunday, December 20 | 2pm - 4pm (2 hours)
Tickets $25; Limited to 20 participants
Led Duncan Murdoch, Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide
Forest Therapy (shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing) is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. We build on those benefits and look beyond, to what happens when people remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.
Duncan is a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy guide living and working in Vermont. As an interdisciplinary thinker, Duncan has accrued his experience and knowledge from improvisational theater and TV/Film acting in SAG-AFTRA, teaching, producing, painting & sculpting, horticulture, land management and music performance. Duncan grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain in rural Vermont where his deep connection to Nature was formed. After receiving his Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Certification from ANFT in 2015, he began his official practice in New York City guiding the first Forest Bathing groups in Central Park. He worked as a Horticulturalist for the NYC parks Department and co-created the first shinrin-yoku forested walking trail on Randall’s Island. He moved back to Vermont in 2015 and began his work with the Intervale Center growing and planting native trees and stewarding the land. He now serves on the South Burlington Natural Resource Committee and is a board member of the South Burlington Land Trust. He is part of the UVM Integrative Health Practitioner Network and frequently conducts Forest Therapy walks throughout the beautiful state with his organization, Nature Connection Guide.