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  • Meadowlark Gardens 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court Vienna, VA, 22182 United States (map)
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
— Viktor Frankel
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It’s Springtime! Start reaping the benefits of a regular nature practice beginning March 25th.

Forest bathing, also called nature therapy is the fast-growing practice of enjoying and connecting deeply with the restorative powers of nature for whole-being health and wellness. Studies indicate that time spent in nature boosts the immune system, reduces anxiety and soothes over-stressed neural pathways associated with technology addiction and attention fatigue, improving our ability to focus and sharpening cognition and creativity. Perhaps most importantly, the simple act of tuning out the “noise” of the modern world and tuning in to the quiet of Nature can create the space to reconnect with who we are and what is meaningful in our lives, reminding us that when we choose those things that most enliven us, we tend to be happier and healthier.

Leave the devices behind and join certified nature therapy guide, Denise Burdette, at the exceptional Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Meandering forest trails, reflective lakes, soft meadows and lush gardens - through a series of sensory-opening invitations you’ll slow down, quiet the mind and explore your relationship with the natural world for renewal and insight. You’ll leave feeling soothed, centered and more intimately connected with yourself and the world around you. 

As a practice, forest bathing is a gentle activity accessible for most fitness levels. We will walk on a forest trail for no more than a quarter of a mile over the course of 2 hours. It can be a great experience for couples, family members, friends and small groups. 

  • $30/ per 2 hour session. This is the first of 9 scheduled dates throughout March, April & May. Please go to the tickets page to see the schedule and select dates.

  • Morning sessions take place before Meadowlark opens to the public. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to reserve your place and to receive meet-up instructions and weather alerts.

  • SPACE IS LIMITED. Ages 14 and older. A parent or legal guardian must accompany those under 18 years of age.

Hosted by NOVA Parks and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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