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Moon Bathing & Hikes

  • National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

When was the last time you fully immersed yourself in the light of the full moon?

Forest bathing, or shinrin yoku, is the simple practice of taking in the woods through the senses for health benefits. The benefits are immense: boosted immunity, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, improved attention and mood, and hitting the reset button on life. The Japanese have enjoyed shinrin yoku for decades as a regular public health initiative. This one-of-a-kind full moon bathing program is coming to the National Arboretum. Notice how your senses change as the full moon lights up the canopy floor.

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Clare Kelley for an unforgettable experience in the National Arboretum, the crown jewel of DC’s wildspaces. In the two-hour program, Clare will guide you through invitations: sensory and interactive experiences to reap the healing gifts of nature. Relax deeply, raise your mood, immune system, and sense of coherency. Reconnect with the earth’s beauty and wisdom.