WorkLife Office Annual Conference: A Nature Boost: Forest Bathing
For 5 million years, our ancestors lived outdoors, but with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, humans began to live their lives inside. Today, most of the population of the United States spend less than 5% of their day outside. In our society, constant exposure to artificial light, chemical, electromagnetic and air and noise pollution are directly linked to the epidemic of stress and chronic disease. Forest therapy, also known as shinrin yoku, (Japanese for 'forest bathing') improves physical and mental health through awakening the senses by foraging mindfulness in nature. Learn more about forest bathing and how to engage in this therapeutic experience where people encounter and embody the whole of who they are.
Maureen Stine - Certified Heritage Interpreter
Maureen Stine has been a professional park interpreter for 26 years. She holds certifications from the National Association for Interpretation, the National Recreation and Park Association and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Through her small business, Natureology, Maureen specializes in multi-sensory interpretive explorations and professional development opportunities for non-profit organizations and government agencies. In 2021, Maureen completed her coursework to become a certified forest therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). Learn more about Maureen's work by visiting her website: www.natureology.me