Forest Bathing
Be Healed in Nature with Inspirational Activities

Not scheduled at this time.

with Sundara Traymar

“I have grown taller from walking with the trees.” —Karle Wilson Baker

Un-Plug from the constant pull and stress of the digital world and re-connect to the healing power of nature—with forest activities designed by world-renowned author and naturalist Joseph Bharat Cornell.

Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku as it is known in Japan, began in 1982 when the director of the Japanese Forest Agency hypothesized that “bathing” in a phytoncide-rich environment would promote better health. He proposed the idea of Forest Bathing for relaxing the mind and for stress management. Today there are hundreds of studies showing the healing benefits of forests. 

Joseph Cornell has created a unique and powerful series of Forest activities to help us open more fully—and absorb—nature’s healing influences. Inspired by the yogic tradition, the activities dynamically focus our attention on nature in fun and creative ways.

During our time together you will learn these innovative nature activities to deepen your own experiences in nature—and ways you can share these experiences with others. At the conclusion of this retreat you will have the inspiration and action plan needed to make every walk in nature a revitalizing experience.

What you will gain:

  • Breathe deeply nature’s healing influences in our 700 acres of coniferous and deciduous forests. Fill your tissues and pores with life-giving energy. Studies have shown that “bathing” in phytoncide-rich forests significantly decreases level of stress hormones, anxiety, anger, and fatigue.
  • Practice nature meditation exercises to quiet your mind, expand your consciousness, and open your heart.
  • Learn how to internalize your experience of nature and feel a greater sense of peace and connection. Our wellness exercises provide a restorative cure for the many ailments that arise from spending too little time outdoors.
  • Inspirational stories of great nature lovers
  • Feel a spirit of community and communion with others and with nature.

Please note: Most of our time together will be spent outdoors, walking short distances in a relaxed manner. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, rain jacket, and water bottle.

Sundara teaching nature programs


Bonus: You will be given a signed copy of Joseph’s book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me–Sharing Nature Wellness Exercises 

“Joseph Cornell is one of the true founding fathers of Forest Therapy practice. It was Joseph who—decades ago—recognized and learned to utilize the positive health potential forests and natural environments have on human beings.” –Doctors Qing Li, Won Sop Shin, Andreas Michalsen, and Dieter Kotte, Editors, International Handbook of Forest Therapy

The Forest Bathing Retreat is based upon the principles shared by Joseph Bharat Cornell. This video with Bharat about the book you will receive during the retreat was filmed at The Expanding Light Retreat and our Lotus Lake.
the Sky and Earth Touched me video

“The Sky and Earth Touched Me shows us the way to open our hearts to all that surrounds us, and to remember, through experience, that we are part of a whole that will support, sustain, uplift, and expand our consciousness to that place of perfect wellness.” —Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1983 

Free Nature Activity: Nature and Me                                                           Download Activity Here

This activity from The Sky and Earth Touched Me is an example of the type of exercise we will be practicing during our weekend together.

Forest Bathing Studies                             

Learn more about the science and healing benefits of Forest Bathing, as well as Joseph Cornell, at Sharing Nature Worldwide







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Sundara Traymar

Sundara Traymar

Inspirational teacher and retreat leader
International Director, Sharing Nature Worldwide
Gardener, Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Sundara (Greg) Traymar is the International Director of Sharing Nature Worldwide and has been personally trained by world renowned author Joseph Bharat Cornell. Sundara is a gifted and inspiring teacher and wins friends wherever he travels. He has spent the last 12 years traveling the world, helping others deepen their love for nature.

See all programs, articles, and full bio of Sundara Traymar.

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Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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Forest Bathing starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. It's ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of guided yoga postures and meditation, which begins at 4:45. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is after dinner. Please see:

You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

Forest Bathing starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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