Forest Bathing with Nature Art for Kids

Forest Bathing with Nature Art for Kids

Workshop for grades Pre-K through 7th

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, “Forest Bathing” guide Emily vonSwearingen has adapted sensory invitations to engage children in exploring their senses through natural play and connections with the environment. Learn about the Japanese Kodama Tree Spirits and create a cyanotype with textures you find or paint a gratitude rock during your session. The end of each walk features brewing tea with plants. This session takes place entirely outdoors.

This can also be adapted for a series of workshops with mini-sessions of “Forest Bathing” and corresponding natural art projects that build on the concepts of reciprocity, our connections with the “more than human world” and how we are connected with the “webs of interbeing” in our relationships with the earth and all the creatures that depend on our environmental stewardship. Can be also be adapted for integrative learning with other subjects currently being studied in schools.

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