I recently had such a wonderful experience with Julie of Shinrin-Yoku Walks. She led me through several ‘invitations’ as we quietly enjoyed our time together in a lovely wooded area. She introduced me to a new way of experiencing our environment. I have long been an avid hiker, but my time with her brought me to a new and different level of appreciation of the glory of the world around us all the time. As she evoked the various senses that are always part of our environment and brought them to the forefront of my attention, there was a heightened sense of awareness. For example, to stop and then focus on everything ELSE that is in motion, even a tiny leaf, is mind opening. And listening to every sound…noticing the smells…nuances of colors, even feeling the air…all leads to a sense of wholeness. This heightened sense of awareness gave me a sense of peace and I loved her introduction to a new way of appreciating my world. Thank you, Julie.
— Betsy D.