Shinrin-Yoku Urban Wilderness Wander

San Francisco, United States

Experience hosted by Gregg

3.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

We’ll increase our energy flow and state of happiness as we bathe our senses in the style of Shinrin-Yoku. Our guided mindfulness-based walk will take us from a lookout with splendid views of San Francisco Bay through stunning Redwood and Eucalyptus forests and across the wetlands of El Polin springs. Each ecosystem full of life filled with myriad delightful sights and sounds unique to that local. You'll be guided through invitations to deepen your experience of nature in unique ways, which may be both playful and introspective. We'll drop into the beauty and stillness of the forest, and we will pause as a group to share our experiences guided in The Way of Council. This can be expressed in silence, words, or movement. Our walk will end with delicious tea made from foraged plants and served in handmade tea cups. A sense of calm and inner peace will be a gift we’ll take with us. Afterwards, you'll have the option to share a late lunch at a nearby eatery or enjoy the park and the city on your own.
Other things to note
All activity levels welcome—no hiking experience required. Dress in layers in case of cold, fog, or rain. We'll limit electronic use. Bring water, hiking snacks, a mask and your sense of awe and wonder.
We’ll increase our energy flow and state of happiness as we bathe our senses in the style of Shinrin-Yoku. Our guided mindfulness-based walk will take us from a lookout with splendid views of San Francisco Bay through stunning Redwood and Eucalyptus forests and across the wetlands of El Polin springs. Each ecosystem full of life filled with myriad delightful sights and sounds unique to that local. You'll be guided through invitations to deepen yo…

What's included

  • Food
    Mixed berries, chocolate and assorted nuts.
    I'll have these assorted s...
  • Drinks
    I'll provide tea, but bring your own water for the trail.
  • Equipment
    Our post-walk tea ceremony will be made special with earthen cups, created...

Meet your host, Gregg

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 29 Reviews
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I’m a registered nurse, EFT Tapping Life Coach and certified Forest Therapy Guide. I'm passionate about the healing power of our natural world. I’ve guided outdoor adventures for nearly three decades throughout North America. My wilderness explorations have a focus on mindfulness through exploration of the senses. Using playful, curious energy we support our journey towards increased health and happiness. Through enhanced connection to the more than human world, these experiences support our connections with each other and, ultimately our connection with ourselves. I'm excited for you to experience nature's beautiful gifts through the practice of Shinrin-Yoku in the city’s midst.
I’m a registered nurse, EFT Tapping Life Coach and certified Forest Therapy Guide. I'm passionate about the healing power of our natural world. I’ve guided outdoor adventures for nearly three decades throughout North America. My wilderness explorations have a focus on mindfulness through exploration of the senses. Using playful, curious energy we support our journey towards increased health and happiness. Through enhanced connection to the more than human world, these experiences support our con…
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From $36
/ person
Sat, Aug 21
$36 per person, previously $45
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
$36 per person, previously $45
Availability for this experience is rare.

Where you'll be

Feel like your amidst a vast wilderness right in the heart of the city. San Francisco’s unique urban setting boasts landscapes where forested hills meet seaside beaches with rich history, old military installations, and residential areas sprinkled throughout. We'll begin in Presidio Park at the Inspiration Point scenic overlook with iconic views of San Francisco Bay. From here, we’ll walk into the surrounding forests of the Ecology Trail.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

Jesse
July 2021
COVID precautions: I booked in July 2021 for a group of 3 and a mother and daughter duo booked separately on the same time slot. We were all vaccinated but it was super easy to keep a safe distance and wear masks the entire time to be extra safe. About the experience: Relaxing, meditative walk through nature! Expect around 50% individual and group meditation (sitting or walking) & 50% conversations before/during/after leisurely strolling. It’s a long walk (3.5-4.5hours) at a slow pace with many invitations to reflect and share with the group. The whole time you have a visual feast amongst the redwood and eucalyptus trees, as well as ivy, blackberry bushes, streams, and more. Tips: Traffic in the city was heavy that day so everyone in the time slot arrived late but gave Gregg notice so he was very flexible about the trail route, activities, and timing/schedule to ensure we could still wrap up in time to make later appointments that day. I highly recommend wearing layers of clothes (examples: jacket over a shirt, maybe pants that can roll up), especially if you get either warm or cold easily, since the forested areas are quite cool due to the shade while the trails are completely open with hot sun beating down. Also definitely wear very comfortable shoes with a decent grip for walking on the trail / in the forests since there is a lot of fallen leaves and such underfoot and a few of the trails have somewhat steeper inclines or more gravelly or woody paths. Also consider bringing / using sunscreen, mosquito spray, and hand sanitizer (FYI Gregg brought soap in case of poison/protector oak oils and I think he also had some extra sunscreen on hand). There are many stops & breaks but not really restroom options except at the very beginning and end of the walk. He offered tea and trail mix at the end , but definitely bring food / snacks / water since it’s a long journey.
COVID precautions: I booked in July 2021 for a group of 3 and a mother and daughter duo booked separately on the same time slot. We were all vaccinated but it was super easy to kee…
Amber
February 2020
Connection in Nature helped me to center myself and simplify the complexity of daily living by focusing on the beauty of nature by using my senses to understand everything around me. I highly recommend this experience!
Anh
February 2020
Gregg is an exceptional, knowledgeable, grounded guide during the forest bathing. This is probably the 5th or 6th walk I've completed with Gregg, and it's a unique experience every time. Gregg is able to retain the details of the walk that allows each of us, as well as a collective, to feel deeply within our bodies, connecting with Earth, every single time. I was long overdue for some nature medicine, and I am glad I can rely on Gregg to help me reconnect back to home. Like any other healing practice, this is something I know I personally will need to stay consistent with if I want to maintain a sense of inner peace and to remain grounded, literally and figuratively. Again, I feel fortunate that I can look forward to Gregg's walks to remind myself of the beauty and healing benefits of nature.
Gregg is an exceptional, knowledgeable, grounded guide during the forest bathing. This is probably the 5th or 6th walk I've completed with Gregg, and it's a unique experience every…
Autumn
February 2020
This Experience is fun for a group event. We wandered around in the forest a while and talked about our observations to enhance group connection.
Jia
October 2019
Wonderful and unique experience in a beautiful setting. Gregg is a very warm and friendly host and a great guide for a morning in the forest.
Susan
October 2019
Peaceful, meditative experience in redwood and eucalyptus groves in the middle of the city. Mindful appreciation of the sights, sounds and scents of nature and urban life. Highly recommend.

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  • Sat, Aug 21
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $36 per person, previously $45

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Bring water and hikable snacks to keep yourself fueled during the hike.

Dress in layers in case of cold, fog or rain.