What you'll do
Forbes.com named Forest Bathing Hawaii's walks in the top 5 "incredible once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that should be on every intrepid traveler's bucket list." A great way to start your vacation! Past participants have commented on how this experience finally makes them feel relaxed enough to be fully present and here in Hawaii. 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 mindfully through less than a mile of easy trail, I'll offer a series of “invitations” to help you reconnect with nature...and with yourself...through your senses. There'll also be opportunities to share what you're noticing (if you'd like) 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 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing yourself in nature. Please check out my website, forestbathinghi.com, where you can find additional 5-star reviews and links to learn more. Also available, Forest Bathing in an Artistʻs Garden at bit.ly/fbhi-airbnb-artist.
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 80 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. Please also check out: www.forestbathinghi.com FB/forestbathinghi
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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; see manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum/
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 16 and up can attend. You should be able to walk easily over ground that has at times gentle elevation changes, sometimes uneven with roots or stones. You may be standing or sitting on the ground for 15-20 minutes at a time. For a…
For your comfort and safety, close-toed shoes w/ good traction, light-weight long-sleeved shirt & long pants are recommended. Free parking. Gratuities not included.
Forest Bathing in a Rainforest