Shinrin Yoku: Guided Forest Therapy Walk

Sunday July 24

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Instructors: Martha O’Grady and Charlie Yuill

Sun., July 24 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members

Meet in front of Phipps Welcome Center, Walk in Schenley Park

Level: Beginner - intermediate

Come join Forest Awakenings for a relaxing nature retreat shaped by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Over the course of three mindful hours, we’ll slow down and connect with the More Than Human World in a deeper, more intimate way. Following a research-based process, we’ll get in touch with our bodies and our place in the living fabric of the life. Our walk will conclude with a gratitude offering and open-hearted sharing over tea brewed from local plants. For more information, visit

Instructor Bios:

Martha O’Grady became certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as a forest therapy guide to share her deep connection to our living, breathing planet. By helping people fall in love with the more than human world, she strives to inspire conservation while easing stress and anxiety.  Martha has a long-standing meditation practice which has taken her to sacred sites around the world.  When not out exploring, she works as a writer and producer. 

Charlie Yuill’s pathway to becoming a certified forest guide began with his youth as part of a family that was often in the wilds on travels.  His educational background includes geology, landscape architecture, and environmental planning and design. As a faculty member of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University, Charlie’s work has focused on education and tending to aspects of the natural world.  His current professional activities focus primarily on the landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains.