Forest Bathing for Health and Wellness

Forest Bathing is a regularly timed wellness vacation where stress and schedules are left behind and breath, stillness, joy, wonder, and self are re-discovered.

  • The Experience

    Learn how to connect with nature and develop the wellness practice of mindfulness. The focus is on the journey, not the destination with guided walks of typically a half mile or less. Mindfulness is developed through an evolving series of suggested invitations which develop ways to connect and use your senses to interact with the natural environment. Each invitation, sometimes done while walking, sometimes while sitting, is crafted to help participants slow down, open all of their senses, connect with the present moment and deepen their connection with nature. We move slowly and intentionally while enjoying the journey of each step as we engage with nature. Each session will end with an informal tea ceremony as a final means for nature connection.

  • Days and Times

    Join your Certified Forest Therapy guide 4:00 - 5:00 pm. We will meet at Sindt Woods in Naperville. Enjoy exploring, learning about, and connecting with natural areas and enjoy the seasonal beauty. Registration is limited to 15 participants.

  • Need to Know

    We will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on gravel, grass and mulched pathways. Dress appropriately for the weather. Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car, or turned to airplane mode. You are welcome to bring whatever will make your experience comfortable - a water bottle, insect repellent, hat, walking stick, umbrella, blanket, or other gear. A portable chair may be useful if standing for an hour or sitting on the ground is difficult. Your guide can assist with carrying your chair if needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside as weather permits.

Instructor - Guide

Nature Rx Guide

Jodi Trendler

Jodi Trendler is a co-founder of The Resiliency Institute. Jodi has worked to build community sustainability through several non-profit, community and municipal organizations over her career. She has advanced training in permaculture design and teaching as well as training with several veteran permaculture designers, and became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015. Jodi uses this certification in combination with her training in psychology and stress management to help people develop mindfulness practices for resilient living. The Resiliency Institute’s nature connection programming is a foundational component to all programs. It is our philosophy that re-connecting people to nature is the necessary leverage point to ensure the success of all other resilience building programs. Jodi always welcomes the opportunity to share a walk in the woods or forest garden with everyone who will join her!