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The Practice of Forest Therapy, has been shown to improve health and well-being.
Have you heard about Shinrin Yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented Health benefits.
This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Parks RX program the 4th Saturday of each month (http://parkrx-sonomacounty.org/events/). These walks are led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners. See http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/ for more info about this practice.
Tickets $20 or free with a ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click Doctor’s Info here for more info).
Celebrate the harvest moon!
Bring a flashlight and your sense of wonder as you explore the park after dark. This moderate to strenuous hike begins at the white barn, and heads up Vista trail, where we will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over Sonoma Valley. We’ll cover 4.5 miles with 700 ft. elevation gain–including some steep sections. Bring water, snacks, and extra layers for the evening. Parking fees apply.
Tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3612453
Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Tasks includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can take with you while working.Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, food and beverages. If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in vicnet. If you are an SEC volunteer, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaca62ca3ff2-sugarloaf1
Are you missing beloved trees?
Honoring Loss & Resilience: Restoring Wellness
Come experience the “Magic” that happens when we slow the Body/Mind and open our Senses in the World of Nature.
Potential Health Benefits:
- Reduces stress & anxiety
- Boosts immune health
- Lowers blood pressure
- Elevates & stabilizes mood
These Walks are inspired by the Japanese practice called Shinrin Yoku which translates to “forest bathing”. Scientific research has shown that coming into this fuller, deeper immersion with Nature is powerful medicine.
The trauma of sudden, unexpected loss can be overwhelming. Experience how being in Nature, using these practices, has the potential to connect us to our Resilience as well as honor our Losses.
When: Thurs, Sept. 6th, Oct. 4th & Nov. 1st, 2018 (weather permitting)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Investment: Free to those impacted by our Fires, or by donation
Walks led by Susan Karle, LMFT, Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Susan combines her expertise in grief and trauma with her passion for partnering with Nature to provide optimal Health and Resilience.
To register: http://recamft.org Limited spaces, reserve soon. For more info contact Susan at 707-938-3345, email@example.com
Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa? Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.
How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Road Parking Lot. Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back. Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure.
We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.
The hike should take 3.5 to 4.5 hours.
The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.
Suggested donation of $10. Register: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3364759
Sonoma County Trails Council volunteer trail work day at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. From 9am to about 1pm. We will provide parking passes, tools and Clif bars with beverages and snacks afterwards.
Bring gloves, a hat and water that you can take with you while working, and wear long pants, boots or hiking shoes and sunscreen. No experience necessary – we have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all strengths and sizes of volunteers.
In order to make sure we have enough tools and after-work beverages reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Join us to revisit beautiful and fascinating places that burned in last year’s fires. How have these wild places responded? What are the effects of fire on our local ecosystems? What have we learned about how to live with fire, one year later?
We will walk 2-3 miles; please wear sturdy footwear. RSVP required. No charge for the hike, but parking fees apply.
Ticket required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608179
Your donations help keep Sugarloaf open for all!
Camping at Sugarloaf
You can enjoy camping year-round at Sugarloaf with 47 family-friendly, alcohol-free camping spaces nestled in a large meadow and bordered by a year-round stream and a hillside forest.
Stargazing at Robert Ferguson Observatory
Completely dedicated to public viewing and education, the Robert Ferguson Observatory is the LARGEST in the western United States and it’s right here at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.