Forest bathing at the Paul Smith’s College VIC

Helene Gibbens, of Adirondack Riverwalking and Forest Bathing, led the Kite family and birding guide Joan Collins on a forest bathing excursion at the Paul Smith’s College VIC in August.

Explorer intern Francesca Krempa and I joined the group for a story on the topic that appeared in the November-December issue.

The roughly two-hour forest bathing trip was broken into sessions during a hike through the college’s property. Forest bathing is a grow

“Adirondack Riverwalking’s forest walks are designed to provide an outlet to the outdoors—a way to unplug and inspire connectivity to the earth, while stimulating all five senses with its flora and fauna,” Krempa wrote in her story.

“Each session consists of group sensory activities as well as individual ‘invitations,’ or solo mindfulness activities aimed to consciously connect the mind and body with the environment. These vary from trip to trip but include exercises like studying a tree for 15 minutes, or introspecting on the sights, sounds and textures of the woods,” Krempa wrote in her story.

The images above are from that trip.

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