Sun, June 30, 2019. Noon - 3 pm
Shinrin-yoku: the Medicine of Forest Bathing
Workshop/Outdoor Therapy w/ John Polemis founder of Hudson Valley Forest Therapy
Learn about the Japanese healing practice of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) from an experienced forest therapy guide, John Polemis, founder of Hudson Valley Forest Therapy. We'll start indoors at Mirabai with an introduction to the practice and how to get the most from it, as well as taking some time for questions. Then we will move to the nearby Comeau Property for a full forest therapy session outdoors (around 2 hours). We'll end with an informal tea ceremony and light snacks. Feel free to pack a lunch for afterward! A few mats/chairs will be available but consider bringing something to sit on outdoors. Total time of the event is expected to be around 3 hours and attendees are welcome to linger to enjoy the property and/or mingle afterward.

Cost: $25 if registered and prepaid by Jun 28th; $30 if registering after the 28th.

Teacher Bio: Growing up in the Bronx at a time when kids spent their days outside, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and the various (then) wild places along the Bronx River were John’s sources of adventure and contemplation. As he came into his own, John moved up into the Hudson Valley so he could explore the many trails and mysteries the region has to offer and fell in love with the area. With almost 20 years in IT Management in the news industry, dealing with daily deadlines, crisis management and disaster recovery, John has long relied on forest therapy and hiking to build his resilience to the stresses that come with such work. The result is a good-natured yet edgy – sometimes mischievous – adventurer with a passion for nature and a desire to help others discover the wonders, adventures, and serenity that patiently await just inside the woods and wild places.

John is also the founder of You Are Who You Create dedicated to building a supportive community for those seeking to further their personal growth by facilitating support groups and providing transformational coaching services. As a coach John works with people struggling to make needed changes in their life by helping them bring focus and set practical goals. An animal lover at heart, John volunteers his web support services to Animal Rescue Foundation in Beacon NY, a no-kill shelter where he adopted his beloved cats Wilhelm and Jacob (aka the Brothers Grimm). If you find yourself in need of a pet or like to support good causes, they are certainly worth a visit!


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