october 2021

31oct9:15 am11:45 amForest BathingActivities:Wellness

Event Details

Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy (“shinrin-yoku” in Japanese) is an immersive experience where you consciously take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest. It’s not about doing anything strenuous or getting your heart rate up — rather, the point is to slow down and fully experience in your own individual way what the forest has to offer.

According to the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, Forest Therapy offers scientifically documented health benefits, including reduced stress, improved mental clarity, and boosted immune function. Your walk will last from two to two and a half hours. Your guide, Dr. Doug Jones, will stop you every so often along the trail for invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature.

Come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving ten minutes early for the walk and dressing appropriately for the weather. We will walk rain or shine, except when there is lightning or an extended downpour. The paths are well groomed on rolling terrain.

Program fee:

$35 Member | $45 Nonmember

Includes daily admission to the Garden on the day of the class

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members: To receive your discount, make sure that you have registered for our website. Then Sign In (located in the upper right-hand corner) so that you receive your Membership discount when you check out.


(Sunday) 9:15 am - 11:45 am

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Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, kindly give 48 hours notice to receive a refund, by calling the Garden at 412-444-4464. No refunds will be issued after that point. The Garden reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment, or in the event of severe weather.

If you have any questions, please contact our Welcome Desk at 412-444-4464.