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Forest Bathing: A Nature Immersion Retreat

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Celebrate the ephemeral beauty of flowers during this immersive morning retreat. In Japan, the birthplace of forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku), they celebrate the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms (Sakura) with a practice known as Hanami, which translates to “contemplate the flowers.” This experience gently invites us to cultivate our attention and sensory awareness, while noticing the evanescent nature of flowering, both within and around us. Together, we will explore our relationships with nature, ourselves, and each other.

Your guide, Kelly Bruce, will lead you on a colorful journey through the blossoming spring forest, weaving mindfulness, breathwork, forest bathing and nature therapy together for a restorative morning. We’ll celebrate the experience with a wild-foraged tea ceremony and snacks. Bring an open mind and an open heart. All are welcome.

Kelly Bruce is a writer, forest therapy guide and nature connection mentor based in Hendersonville, NC. Her mission is to help others deepen their connection with nature, community and Self. Kelly is an Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Certified Guide and Certification Consultant. She is Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified by the American Red Cross.

Participants should be able to walk one mile on uneven terrain with a moderate grade. Modifications are available with advance notice. Please email [email protected] with questions or concerns.

Advance registration required. Additional information and directions will be emailed to all registered guests 48 hours before the event. This experience is limited to 12 participants.

Donations are appreciated but not required. The amount of your gift is entirely up to you. A donation of $30 is suggested for forest bathing, for those who are able. Donations of $35 or more will include Conserving Carolina membership benefits.



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*Transfiguration Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). 


May 11
10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Transfiguration Preserve
188 Mt. Tabor Way
Bat Cave, NC United States
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