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Forest Bathing in a Rain Forest

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 65 reviews.Honolulu, United States

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Experience hosted by Phyllis

2 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The NY Times recently recommended this experience in their list of top things to do Honolulu. Forbes named our walks one of the "incredible once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that should be on every intrepid traveler's bucket list."

On the verdant grounds of the Lyon Arboretum, you'll leave behind the stresses of the world and get in touch with the healing powers of Hawaii's forests. As we move slowly and attentively through less than a mile of easy trail, I'll offer a series of “invitations” to help you reconnect with nature and with yourself. There'll also be opportunities to share what you're noticing with other participants and to sit in quiet contemplation.

"Forest Bathing" (translated from "shinrin yoku," an established public health practice in Japan) is a growing global wellness movement backed by more than 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing in nature.

Lyon Arboretum and Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi follow CDC and State of Hawaiʻi protocols to protect you and others from COVID-19. Face coverings and physical distancing throughout the experience are required. The Arboretum's gate is opened for a very limited window and arrival before or after those times will be denied. Restrooms are not available at the Arboretum.
The NY Times recently recommended this experience in their list of top things to do Honolulu. Forbes named our walks one of the "incredible once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that should be on every intrepid traveler's bucket list."

On the verdant grounds of the Lyon Arboretum, you'll leave behind the stresses of the world and get in touch with the healing powers of Hawaii's forests. As we move slowly and attentively through less t…

Phyllis's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    A bite-sized pack of macadamia nuts will also be found in your take-home go...
  • Drinks
    A take-home bottle of Shaka Tea. Brewed with sustainably grown and handpick...
From $50
/ person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Phyllis

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 65 Reviews
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Aloha! I'm Hawaii's first and only Forest Therapy Guide, trained and CERTIFIED by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Iʻve now led more than 140 forest bathing walks. My family has lived in Mānoa Valley (where I guide) for more than 60 years. This land holds so many memories for me and now I hope to create some special memories for you. My background in the arts and communication, and my love of the outdoors, helps me bring you to your own unique experience of nature.
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Aloha! I'm Hawaii's first and only Forest Therapy Guide, trained and CERTIFIED by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Iʻve now led more than 140 forest bathing walks. My family has lived in Mānoa Valley (where I guide) for more than 60 years. This land holds so many memories for me and now I hope to create some special memories for you. My background in the arts and communication, and my love of the outdoors, helps me bring you to your own unique experience of nature.…
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Where you'll be

The Lyon Arboretum lies deep in the rain forests of Manoa Valley. This is a nearly 200-acre tropical botanical garden with 2000 species of trees on site and plentiful bird life. It's a dramatic setting, surrounded on three sides by mountains.

The Arboretum is a research unit of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 65 reviews.

Laura
February 2020
It was a beautiful experience in an amazing place! It was great to slow down and experience with all my senses all of God's creation. Thank you! 🌴🌈💗
Esther
January 2020
Definitely *do* this experience! I came to Hawaii on a solo vacay and this was a perfect way to connect inwardly and connect to nature. Things to know: 1) it’s a 25min drive from Waikiki but you can take an Uber or get a Zipcar 2) the walk is a relaxing pace, it’s not a hike 3) the location in the arboretum is gorgeous & very special 4) Phyllis the host is a gem of a human & the perfect person to lead this type of experience. Bringing bug repellant is a good idea since you’ll be out in a forest. :)
Definitely *do* this experience! I came to Hawaii on a solo vacay and this was a perfect way to connect inwardly and connect to nature. Things to know: 1) it’s a 25min drive from W…
Jonathan
January 2020
An experience in the true sense , we stepped outside our norm and really enjoyed ourself. It was an individual experience and showed how fast the world really does pass you bye. Take the time to do this experience. Phyllis is fantastic and a wonderful host through this little journey. Thank you Phyllis
An experience in the true sense , we stepped outside our norm and really enjoyed ourself. It was an individual experience and showed how fast the world really does pass you bye. Ta…
Tran
January 2020
I really enjoyed my experience on this walk. It brought me back so many childhood memories that I felt like home. I was able to see an aspect of nature that I've never seen before. Thank you Phyllis for the experience and the wonderful snacks.
I really enjoyed my experience on this walk. It brought me back so many childhood memories that I felt like home. I was able to see an aspect of nature that I've never seen before.…
Sushmita
December 2019
This was a fantastic experience. I’ve started paying attention to nature in different ways and I am very grateful and thankful for the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. Makes you feel very relaxed and highly motivated after the experience! Highly recommend it to folks who want to start the vacation or just need a day to unwind.
This was a fantastic experience. I’ve started paying attention to nature in different ways and I am very grateful and thankful for the opportunity to look at things from a differen…
Karoline
December 2019
A really wonderful experience (despite the wind and rain)! I left feeling more balanced and inspired to connect more with the forests in my local area.

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    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 3 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

    More tips

    No restrooms at Lyon Arboretum. Free parking.
    Face covering and physical distancing required while on the grounds.
    See recommendations for what to wear, what to bring, and what to expect in confirmation messages.
    Signed waiver required by evening before.
    Gratuities not included.

    What to bring

    BRING/WEAR cloth face covering &/or face shield; long-sleeve shirt, light-weight; long pants, light-weight; covered shoes, good traction; hat; sunglasses; walking stick, if needed.

    PACK IN BACKPACK towel/mat to sit on; raingear, e.g. rain poncho; mosquito repellent, fragrance-free; sunscreen; hand sanitizer; water.