Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
April Book of the Month: Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

Did you know that Friends of Esalen has a book club? This month, we’re reading Dr. Qing Li’s 2018 book, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness. In his beautiful book, the author explores the practice of spending mindful, intentional time around trees — what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing — and how it can promote health and happiness. Packed with illuminating data points, practical tips, and gorgeous photos of lush forests around the world, it’s a wonderful introduction to the magic of walking in the woods. Sign up for a free Friends of Esalen membership to join the conversation.

The book is also available for purchase now in the Esalen bookstore

If you’re interested in delving more deeply into forest bathing and are able to join us at our retreat center in Big Sur, register for our upcoming, in-person workshop, Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Nature, Self and Others. From April 16 to April 19th, award-winning filmmaker and trained nature therapist Sylvia Rokab will guide you in slowly moving through the Esalen landscape as you connect to your own power and creativity. 

To learn more about Sylvie’s work, watch the inspiring recent conversation host Christine Chen had with Sylvie on our talk show, Esalen Live!



“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Esalen Team

April Book of the Month: Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

Did you know that Friends of Esalen has a book club? This month, we’re reading Dr. Qing Li’s 2018 book, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness. In his beautiful book, the author explores the practice of spending mindful, intentional time around trees — what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing — and how it can promote health and happiness. Packed with illuminating data points, practical tips, and gorgeous photos of lush forests around the world, it’s a wonderful introduction to the magic of walking in the woods. Sign up for a free Friends of Esalen membership to join the conversation.

The book is also available for purchase now in the Esalen bookstore

If you’re interested in delving more deeply into forest bathing and are able to join us at our retreat center in Big Sur, register for our upcoming, in-person workshop, Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Nature, Self and Others. From April 16 to April 19th, award-winning filmmaker and trained nature therapist Sylvia Rokab will guide you in slowly moving through the Esalen landscape as you connect to your own power and creativity. 

To learn more about Sylvie’s work, watch the inspiring recent conversation host Christine Chen had with Sylvie on our talk show, Esalen Live!



“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?



About

Esalen Team

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