We’ll increase our energy flow and state of happiness as we bathe our senses in the style of Shinrin-Yoku. Our guided mindfulness-based walk will take us from a lookout with splendid views of San Francisco Bay through stunning Redwood and Eucalyptus forests and across the wetlands of El Polin springs. Each ecosystem full of life filled with myriad delightful sights and sounds unique to that local. You'll be guided through invitations to deepen your experience of nature in unique ways, which may be both playful and introspective. We'll drop into the beauty and stillness of the forest, and we will pause as a group to share our experiences guided in The Way of Council. This can be expressed in silence, words, or movement. Our walk will end with delicious tea made from foraged plants and served in handmade tea cups. A sense of calm and inner peace will be a gift we’ll take with us. Afterwards, you'll have the option to share a late lunch at a nearby eatery or enjoy the park and the city on your own.
I’m a registered nurse and certified Forest Therapy Guide. I'm passionate about the healing power of our natural world. I’ve guided outdoor adventures for nearly three decades throughout North America. My wilderness explorations have a focus on mindfulness through exploration of the senses. Using playful, curious energy we support our journey towards increased health and happiness. Through enhanced connection to the more than human world, these experiences support our connections with each other and, ultimately our connection with ourselves. I can’t wait for you to experience nature's beautiful gifts through the practice of Shinrin-Yoku in the city’s midst.
Mixed berries, chocolate and assorted nuts. I'll have these assorted snacks to be shared during our tea ceremony to conclude…
Forest infused tea! I'll provide tea, but bring your own water for the trail.
Earth derived tea cups. Our post-walk tea ceremony will be made special with earthen cups, created for us in the spirit of…
Feel like your amidst a vast wilderness right in the heart of the city. San Francisco’s unique urban setting boasts landscapes where forested hills meet seaside beaches with rich history, old military installations, and residential areas sprinkled throughout. We'll begin in Presidio Park at the Inspiration Point scenic overlook with iconic views of San Francisco Bay. From here, we’ll walk into the surrounding forests of the Ecology Trail.
Bring water and hikable snacks to keep yourself fueled during the hike.
All activity levels welcome—no hiking experience required. Dress in layers in case of cold, fog, or rain. We'll limit electronic use. Bring water, hiking snacks, and your sense of awe and wonder.
Shinrin-Yoku Urban Wilderness Wander