Spring is a season of transformation and growth. From March 19 to June 20, the ice of winter melts away while a new world blooms around us. Combining the practices of Japanese Shinrin yoku (translated as “forest bathing”), yoga asana and pranayama, and adding in a touch of environmental science, this unique workshop series will help you to experience the forests of Michigan through a new lens of awareness. We will gather once monthly to witness the shift of the forest during its most vibrant season of growth, while reflecting on our inner world and the seeds of transformation that wait there.
Each workshop in this three part series is designed with a specific intention to help you connect more deeply to the natural world around you while nourishing transformation from within.
Spring reminds us that change does not need to be something that we shy away from; and it also reminds us that the most beautiful transformation takes it’s time to fully bloom.
What transformation is waiting within you?
Full Workshop Series Details
Workshop One: Grounding the Earth Element – April 18, 2020 – 9am-12pm
In the spring, the damp earth re-emerges from beneath the snow. We welcome the sight of the fallen leaves from last winter, the underlying grass, and the remains of decaying plants. The natural world exhibits a beautiful reminder that what we held and shed in our past does not need to inhibit our growth — in fact, it can be the nourishment we need to move into our next season of life. During this workshop, we will tend to our earth element. Preparing for our own transformation begins with nourishing our roots as they exist in this moment. This workshop will include learning and discussion around the practice of Shinrin-yoku, guided forest bathing experiences with invitations to more deeply connect to the natural world around you, a one hour yoga class focused on grounding postures, and a tea ceremony featuring a tea selection to help you ground and cleanse your body at the beginning of a new season.
Workshop Two: Bringing Flow to the Water Element – May 16, 2020 – 9am-12pm
During Spring, longer sunlight hours, warmer temperatures and rain thaw the earth — bathing the landscape in nourishment. During this workshop, we will focus on the water element. Moving from the season of frozen water to the season of running water, we can align and access our own state of flow, releasing rigid mindsets, and helping ourselves feel free to move into new territories. This workshop will include learning and discussion of the practice of Shinrin-yoku, guided forest bathing experiences with invitations to more deeply connect to the natural world around you, a one-hour yoga class focused on accessing a state of flow through a smooth and fluid sequence, and a tea ceremony featuring a tea selection to hydrate your body and nourish your growth as you move into the next phase of transformation.
Workshop Three: Embracing Transformation – June 13, 2020 – 9am-12pm
The world has come to life. Spring reminds us that the potential for transformation exists within us all, if we allow it to bloom. In this workshop, we will enjoy a slow appreciation of how the forest has changed after 10-weeks of growth. While witnessing the transformation of the world around us, we will turn our focus inward and focus on our heart center. It is from heart space that we transform into the most beautiful version of our selves in this season of our lives. This workshop will include learning and discussion of the practice of Shinrin-yoku, guided forest bathing experiences with invitations to more deeply connect to the natural world around you, a one-hour yoga class focused on heart opening postures, and a tea ceremony featuring a tea selection to enrich the blood, soothe your nerves and send you into the world with a vibrant heart center.