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Sand Bay County Park

Rooted in Nature: Earth Day Lakeside Forest Bathing Walk

Root yourself in nature and celebrate Earth Day with a forest bathing walk along the picturesque shores of Charleston Lake.

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Rooted in Nature: Earth Day Lakeside Forest Bathing Walk
Rooted in Nature: Earth Day Lakeside Forest Bathing Walk

Time & Location

Apr 21, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sand Bay County Park, County Park Rd, Athens, ON K0E 1B0, Canada

About the event

Root yourself in nature and celebrate Earth Day (a day early) with a forest bathing walk along the picturesque shores of Charleston Lake.

Let's make an impact together: In celebration of Earth Day, $10.00 of each ticket sale will be donated to the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre. The centre plays an important role in conservation by providing care to thousands of wild birds each year, of which many are species that are endangered or threatened. A saved bird returned to its ecosystem contributes to its species' survival, and also helps reduce some of the human-caused harm that affects the natural world upon which we all depend.

What to expect on the walk:

On this walk Certified Forest Bathing Guide, Cherianne Cybulskie, will lead you on an immersive experience in nature that invites you to unwind and reconnect with the wild world. This is not a hike or a workout, we stop and pause often. Throughout the walk, you'll experience sensory-based invitations, engaging with the forest through curiosity, sight, hearing, and touch. The guide periodically regroups, offering a relaxed space for sharing personal insights or stories from your explorations, with no pressure to speak if you prefer to enjoy the collective experience. The walk concludes with a forest tea prepared by a common plant local to the region, along with a light snack.

Whether you're wanting to try something new, seeking stress relief, navigating grief, or everything above, under and in between - this walk provides a gentle space for you to find solace in nature. Don't miss out on this incredible experience!

**Note on Terrain: This area is located on a slope which runs from the parking area to the lake. While efforts will be made to accommodate all participants, individuals with mobility issues may find certain parts of the walk challenging due to the slope. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns - I'm happy to share more details about the terrain of the park.

Spaces are limited. Maximum of 10 registrants.

What's Forest Bathing? Forest bathing, originating in Japan in 1982 and known as Shinrin-yoku, has evolved into a vital aspect of preventative medicine in Japanese culture. Forest bathing is more than just a walk in the woods, it means immersing in the forest atmosphere and taking in the forest through all of our senses. It allows individuals to pause, take a breath, and reconnect with themselves, nature and their community. Learn more, here.

Investment: I use a  sliding scale for my forest bathing walks as a way to create more financial accessibility - as cost should not be a determining factor on if you can participate in an immersive nature experience. Learn more about sliding scale, here.

- 🚫 0 spots available at $25.00 CAD (ALL CLAIMED)

- 2 spots available at $30.00 CAD

- Unlimited spots available at $35.00 CAD

- Pay It Forward Walk $40.00-$50.00 CAD (Donating helps more people access forest bathing!)

*Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the standard ticket price, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

Refund Policy

- $5 of this event fee is a nonrefundable deposit. - Notice given 3 days or more from the walk will receive a refund, minus the $5 admin fee.

- Cancellations made less than 3 days notice before the walk, will not receive a refund.

If the walk has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, a refund will be provided.

What You'll Need for the Walk:

  • Water bottle
  • Closed toe shoes or boots
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather - forest bathing walks take place rain or shine! (hat and mitts for colder mornings, long pants, rain gear). Our walk is slow paced so it is important to wear a few layers of clothing so you are not cold/wet as this can make it harder to fully connect to the experience
  • Something to sit on and get comfortable with such as a yoga mat and/or blanket. At times you may be invited to sit or lie on the ground (completely optional!)

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