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Mountain West Alumni Gathering

Forest Bathing & Warm Drinks

As educators, we know how important meaningful connection with others and with nature is crucial to the well-being of students. And no less important for ourselves, because connecting with people and connecting with nature have the ability to cure us both physically and emotionally. Alumni in Utah will be gathering for a Forest Bathing excursion, and are looking forward to reviving our winter spirits as we connect and converse with both trees and people. This article explains that Dr. Quing Li, president of the Society for Forest Medicine in Japan, “spends three days in forests near Tokyo, using all five senses to connect with the environment and clear his mind”. The article further mentions how “this practice of shinrin-yoku – literally, forest bath – has the power to counter illnesses including cancer, strokes, gastric ulcers, depression, anxiety and stress, he says. It boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and aids sleep. And soon it could be prescribed by British doctors.”

When: 10am, February 4th, 2023

What: A Forest Bathing course and warm drinks

Who: Our Utah/Idaho Alumni and newsletter recipients (others may need to pay)

With: Chris Newton, a certified Forest Bathing Guide

Additional instructions: Meet at the parking lot of Red Butte Gardens for Forest Bathing at 10:00am and Cafe on 1st for breakfast drinks afterwards around 12:15 (39 I St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103)

We think this will be a perfect day for connecting, conversing, and expanding our intercultural competencies.


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