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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall is just around the corner, tomorrow in fact, marking the beginning of a new life cycle. This is the time to go within and assess our lives. Are we happy, are we on track? Is there something we wish to change? If you are like me and most of the people I know, there are changes you wish to make, some big, some small… Any time is a good time to do this, of course, but the Fall Equinox brings with it a particularly strong energy that supports this kind of introspection.

 

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As I move forward in my Forest Therapy certification process, I thought this was a good time to schedule my next two guided Shinrin-Yoku walks. Northern California will be, hopefully, a little cooler, and over the weeks we will see the magic of the colors changing. I would not have thought of giving my walks a theme, but maybe the one supported by the equinox could be a good one.

 

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So, if you are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am inviting you to join me at the beautiful Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, for a gently guided Shinrin-Yoku walk that will cross us over into Fall. I have chosen Quarryhill again because, after so much heat and scorched land here in California, I thought it would be soothing and pleasurable to spend time in a lush garden that also carries the promise of fall colors.

 

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Both walks are part of my certification, so they are both free, though there is a $10 per person entrance fee to access the garden. You would be supporting a worthy cause, as this garden is like a Noah’s ark for endangered Asian plants and trees, which are grown here from seed, making this place the perfect blend of groomed wilderness.

 

The scheduled dates are:

Walk 1 – Sunday, September 27, 2015 (yes, this coming Sunday)

Walk 2 – Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

We will meet at 10:00 am in the garden’s parking lot and from there proceed to the Arbor, which will be our official starting point. By 1:30 pm we will be back at the parking lot.

 

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If you are interested in participating in one or both walks, please let me know as soon as possible by e-mailing me at info@lifeoutofbounds.com, and I will be e-mailing you more information.

If you do contact me via e-mail, and this is the first time, I would ask that you kindly use a valid e-mail address and that you sign the e-mail with at least your first name. I receive a lot of spam, and I would not want your e-mail to end up in the spam box, or worse, get deleted. Thank you for your courtesy.

 

For more information on the practice of Shinrin-Yoku and its many benefits, you can see my intro page here.

 

I hope to hear from you and look forward to sharing with you the blessings that Shinrin-Yoku has brought into my life.

 

 

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