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June 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist and Certified Forest Bathing Guide

Rock Creek Park by Susan Austin Roth, A Year in Rock Creek Park

Do you have your own special place in nature where you can go for comfort, joy, and healing?


A place where you can breathe deeply, soak up the scents of the earth, flowers and trees and watch the clouds undisturbed?


Join us for an hour-long session on finding and enjoying your own wild home, whether it be your backyard, a neighborhood park or garden, or a front porch or balcony.


Studies from around the world have shown the mental and physical health benefits of spending time in nature—lower blood pressure, increased immunity to disease, quicker healing, improved mood and focus and better sleep among them. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will take you on a virtual journey through the beauty of our Washington, DC collective wild home as she guides you in establishing your own special place for health and well-being. She’ll also share some of the simple wisdom she learned on a forest bathing trip throughout Japan. Learn how a relationship with a special place can be as integral to your happiness as your relationships with loved ones.

About Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist and Certified Forest Bathing Guide

Melanie outdoors, by Ana Ka’ahanui/Capital Nature


Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Naturalist, Certified Forest Bathing Guide and award-winning Author of seven nature books including The Joy of Forest Bathing; Resilience—Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis and A Year in Rock Creek Park. She leads nature and forest bathing walks for Smithsonian Associates, the US Botanic Garden, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Nature Conservancy, Politics & Prose bookstore and many other organizations. Melanie is on the Advisory Board of Capital Nature.