York County, Virginia

Register by March 21st for Forest Therapy Walk and Talk

     New Quarter Park welcomes back Alisa Spangler-Miller, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, on March 23rd from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for a dose of forest therapy in the park’s mature woodlands. Ms. Spangler-Miller is a trained therapist in the Shinrin Yoku tradition, developed in Japan during the 1980s. Shinrin Yoku is a term that means, “Taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing,” according to its website at shinrin-yoku.org.  The practice has become a cornerstone of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine. “I’ve been drawn to nature since I was young,” said Spangler-Miller. “When I found forest therapy, I knew it was my new journey and I wanted to share this way of being with the forest. Forest therapy walks are a great way to unplug, and there is the added physical and mental health benefit of spending time in nature.”  Included in the walk will be time for participants to stop and reflect and to enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
     New Quarter Park has more than 500 acres of largely undeveloped meadows, steep bluffs, ravines, and wetlands. Many trees in the diverse forest are a century or more old, and the mature woodlands are regarded as an old-growth forest.
     Online registration is required for this free event by Thursday, March 21st at 11:59 p.m.  The program is limited to 15 walkers. Go to www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec to register, click on the “Registration Online Here” link, and then go to “Events.”  For questions, please call the Parks and Recreation office at 757-890-3500.

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