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Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing/therapy) and aromatic medicinal plant workshop
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Category: Member Sponsored

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: In the forest of Brooks, Maine USA (~ 7 hour drive from New York, NY)

Cost: $150 USD ($125 USD if you register on or before July 10th). There is a sliding-scale fee for this workshop, so please inquire if interested.

To register, and for all other inquiries, please contact Kelly (kelly.ablard@gmail.com)

This one-day workshop is designed for those interested in de-stressing, who want to begin to learn, or learn more about wild and bottled aromatic plant medicine, who would like to learn some survival skills, and who would like to experience the forests of Maine. Did you know that in order to experience the forests of Maine to this degree, you need to be with a  licensed Recreational Maine Guide? Well, here’s your chance!

Chemical ecologist and certified aromatherapist, Kelly Ablard, PhD, EOT, RA, and  licensed Recreational Maine Guide, Adam Stone, will combine their knowledge of aromatic plant medicine and bushcraft/survival skills together this summer to bring you a unique workshop being held in a rural, and breathtaking part of Maine, USA.

Join us to learn about and practice Shinrin-yoku* (forest bathing/therapy) among balsam fir, pine, hemlock, spruce, and white cedar trees. We will explore 1) the types and functions of key aromatic chemical constituents of these trees and other aromatic medicinal plants found in Maine, 2) how chemical constituents affect our mind and body 3) how plants communicate, 4) how to use wild medicinal plants in an emergency, 5) bushcraft skills, and 6) wild-harvesting techniques.

You will also get to ride in a canoe, and wild-harvest medicinal plants for your use at home! Adam has some great recipes to share with you.

We hope you will join us for this aromatic and forest bathing adventure! August in Maine has beautiful weather and very few pesky bugs. If you want to extend your adventure in Maine, you may also want to check out the Hills-to-Sea trail (47 miles), Sears Island, Bar Harbour (containing the largest parts of Acadia National Park), and the majestic views from Mount Battie. There are also many organic farms, homesteads, and farmers markets to visit!

More about Adam: Adam is a licensed Recreational Maine Guide, a Wilderness First Responder, a Lifeguard, and is CPR certified. He is also a Senior Counselor for Camp Forest and has been a consultant for participants on the show ‘Naked and Afraid’.

More about Kelly:  https://www.kellyablard.com/kelly-ablard-phd/

*Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing or forest therapy) has been researched and practiced in Japan since the 1980s. Research has shown that this practice, spending time in the forest, results in significant therapeutic benefits, such as decreased stress levels