Tree Conservancy of Darien, along with local non-profits Darien Nature Center, Darien Land Trust and Friends of Sellecks Woods co-hosted a Shinrin-Yoku walk with Certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide Jeffrey Wyant on October 14th. Participants of all ages reaped the benefits of Shinrin-Yoku in beautiful Selleck's Woods. Many thanks to all of co-sponsors, and to Jeffrey Richard Wyant and Donna Wyant for their gracious leadership on the walk!
For more information or to donate to Tree Conservancy of Darien, visit treeconservancyofdarien.org.
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"Shinrin-yoko" is the ancient Japanese healing therapy of simply being in the forest. The term means "taking in the forest atmosphere" and translates into "forest bathing" in English. In Japanese medicine, it is used as preventative health care. There are actually numerous PubMed studies proving the benefits of this therapy, for those skeptics out there! But don't take my word for it, see for yourself! 😜
This picture was taken by one of my good friends 1 year ago at my bachelorette weekend. 🥂A handful of my best girls came to Colorado to celebrate with me before Heath & I were married. We hiked, ate 🍕 pizza, went out for 🍷 wine, explored Denver, and reminisced on our friendships. They filled me with so much affirmation 😭and love that weekend and my heart is filled with gratitude just thinking about them. 😍God has been so faithful to lead me to friendships that continually point me to Jesus, it’s incredible.
I am thinking today about how we can wander and doubt, but God does not give up nor let go of us, ever. I don’t have the best instagram feed, nor the best blog out there. BUT I believe writing is a calling God has put within my soul- and so I am committing to finally working on the craft. "I don’t want to be famous, but faithful." (ann voskamp) I want to be faithful to share the spiritual journey I am on and the lessons I am learning. I want to be faithful to this journey/calling/venture of writing about faith, family medicine, and refugees. As I write, "I feel God’s pleasure", and writing helps me to be more contemplative and more observant to God speaking in my every day life— that alone has been worth it.
In addition to writing being so beneficial for me personally, I want to serve you. I want to serve you in all of this, and I am struggling through how best to do that. I will continue to be in prayer about it but I just want to say THANK YOU for coming along on the journey as I figure it out. It won’t always be pretty, but I hope you can see that I am seeking to follow God, be filled with the Spirit, and reveal the love of Jesus through my life and writing.
What do you want to hear or read from the Vine and Venture blog & Instagram? 🤷🏻♀️I want to know! Though this venture is all about Jesus and serving refugees, I want to serve you as I do it. I HOPE THIS RAMBLING MAKES SOME SENSE! Much love 😘
*MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU*
This has to be our happy place, breathing in the fresh air of the forest as the sun trickles through the tree tops from above.
What's your happy place?
Ever been given a mouthful about how soy is the culprit of a lot of deforestation, and that as a vegan you're to blame!? Nevermind the people who eat meat, the animals who become meat eat soy (they are fed soy to fatten them up as it's a great source of protein)… the logical way to help stop soy-related deforestation is to stop eating meat. Additionally, if less people ate meat, more of the crops grown to feed livestock could be redirected to feed people. By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock. Eat with the planet in mind. 🌍
Shinrin-yoku 💚🌲is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a #forest for health benefits - Forest Bathing. Studies in Japan have measured changes in #immune markers and stress hormones in people who regularly walked in specific forests in Japan. In addition, people with diabetes but not taking insulin found substantial benefits by lowering blood glucose levels.⠀💚🌲🌲🌲🌲💚
Time to get serious and back with it: eating healthy, exercising, and relaxing. I do better if I’m held accountable. (If you see me put more of that non-organic and probably full of hormones nice hot frothy milk in my coffee at work, please tell me to stop!!!). ... I have been intrigued by the concept if shinrin yoku - something probably similar to what I’ve been calling ‘nature therapy’ for years. That *need* to get outside and away from the city. I’m fascinated by the science behind it, so on impulse posted and event and have a full group for tomorrow night. I’m pledging to myself to get out of the city one weeknight every week, and because of more limited daylight now, that’ll mean outings after dark. First up: forest bathing at Fullerton. #shinrinyoku#forestbathing#naturetherapy#hike#walk#relax