Several times per year, the community is invited to join us for our lecture series. Speakers will range from professionals with backgrounds in grief therapy, resiliency, meditation, or other specialty areas.
Forest Bathing Workshop- Each workshop is limited to 12 people.
Sunday, May 16, 2021 9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Jordan Dye, MSW
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside . . . . . I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
– Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku originated in Japan and has its roots in our natural connection with nature. In Forest Bathing a guide offers “invitations” for tuning in to the forest atmosphere through a series of experiential exercises such as “Sensory Experiencing” in which one notices aspects of nature, like birdsong, the texture of moss and the latticed pattern of tree branches. It’s pretty simple. And yet research indicates that only two hours of Forest Bathing can decrease stress levels and improve concentration, memory and sleep.
Forest Bathing at Cave Hill Cemetery will include a 1.5 mile walk along an accessible paved path that meanders through rolling hills and trees, some that are 170 years old. Followed by tea. Please let us know in advance of desire for accommodations. As weather is unpredictable, please dress in layers and bring a knapsack or small backpack with water and rain gear. And most of all, come ready to relax in nature.
About the Facilitator:
Jordan Dye, MSW, is a certified social worker who leads nature connection and Mindfulness programs. Her 20-year meditation practice parallels her exploration of nature, which began in the US and extends into South America and Southern Africa. Through Forest Bathing, meditation and other healthy lifestyle choices, she is discovering a more peaceful, creative and engaged way of living
Grief, Loss & Gardening- Limited to 12 people
Bring your garden gloves & join us in the dirt!
Saturday May 22
In this informative and interactive experience, participants will learn about the restorative benefits of nature and gardening. Guests will take home a completed container garden and books by Sue Stuart-Smith and Alan Wolfelt.
The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-Smith
Nature Heals: Reconciling Your Grief Through Engaging with the Natural World by Alan Wolfelt
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
May Sarton, American poet (1912 –1995)
“With gardening, there is always next year. There is always hope.”
Sarah Wint, author
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
Virtual Grief Support Group
Managing the loss of a spouse or significant other.
Six-week session begins Tuesday, April 27, 2021
In cooperation with Baptist Health, please join us for an informative and hopeful experience. Participants will have the opportunity to meet others who have experienced loss, gain support, and learn about coping with grief.
This virtual group will meet by Zoom for 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm. Registration is required.
To register, call Melanie Salsbury, CSW, CT at 502.721.6009