As Forest Therapy Guides, we've noticed that the experience of simple pleasure is often at the core of encounters with the forest environment. There is an enlivening, a lift of the heart and spirit that comes naturally when we slow down and give our full attention to the ways in which the forest enters our senses. This renewed flow of of life force is how we experience the currents of Eros.
This event will be a group exploration of how Eros appears when we give ourselves over fully to experiencing nature. We'll begin with a presentation by Nicole Daspit, a certified Forest Therapy Guide, who will outline her insights on what we have been learning about this from the forests of California and New Zealand. Then we will be guided on a shinrin-yoku “forest bathing” walk by Nicole and Amos Clifford, who is founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and has guided in forests in many parts of the world.
During our walk we will be offered invitations to help us explore the simple pleasures of embodiment in nature. We will explore ways to deepen our sensual connection with the more-than-human world. Each participant will discover their own ways of connection and share them with each other.
We will conclude the day with a review of what we've learned, and how our journey together expands and clarifies our emerging understanding of how relating with nature makes us more human and alive.
What to Expect
This will be a relaxed day of exploration of the topic of Eros and its relationship to Forest Therapy walks. After introductory activities, Nicole will lead an interactive discussion in which we define what we mean by "Eros" and by "Forest Therapy." We will have two guided forest therapy walks, each including invitations that will help deepen sensory and sensual experience of nature. A nutritious organic lunch will be provided by the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's kitchen.
Forest therapy walks are slow and gentle, and do not require high levels of fitness. Some invitations include opportunities for individual explorations of the forest environment. Forest therapy walks conclude with a ceremony of sharing tea brewed from herbs gathered along the trail.
Please note that although "Eros" is our core topic, this event is not about exploring sexuality or inviting sensual connections among workshop participants. We will invite greater intimacy with pleasurable experiences that nature offers us, when we know how to recognize them and take the time to do so.
This event will be held rain or shine, unless storm conditions make travel or being in the forest environment unsafe. Please dress appropriately for the weather. If it is raining, we recommend full rain gear (pants and parka) and waterproof shoes. Umbrellas are welcome.
Meet the Guides
This experience will include invitations to use your senses to explore and connect with nature. When we notice sensory pleasures, our experience become sensual, and eros is stirred. Barefoot walking is NOT required, but you may wish to be ready to shed your shoes and other layers.
9 am-5 pm
Tuition: $155 includes lunch
Group size limited to 20 participants. Register early.
Payment and Cancellation Policies
Once your registration is received and processed you will receive an email from our registrar informing you of the options for method of payment . We ask that payment is made in full within the next 48 hours to confirm your participation in the workshop.
In the case that you need to cancel your attendance in this workshop please notify us by February 13th and we will issue a full refund. Refunds are not available for cancellations made in the 3 days prior to the workshop.