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Woodloch’s forest bathing program goes public

HAWLEY, PA — The Lodge at Woodloch has created a new community-focused program to advocate for wellness through the beautiful woodland surroundings. One of The Lodge’s most popular programs for its guests has been forest bathing; it now plans to extend the program to several sessions open to the public. 

The philosophy behind forest bathing is simple: spending quality and mindful time in nature has monumental health benefits on one’s body and mind. Scientific studies have shown that phytocides from the trees and plants of the forest help our bodies. Intentional time spent outdoors reduces stress, calms the mind and regulates one’s heart rate among other benefits. (For more information see The River Reporter’s article in its 2018 Body & Mind issue, 

The two-hour session will share this philosophy and practice and give practical tips on how to continue at home. The community sessions will kick off on Forest Bathing Day, Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. The community forest bathing sessions will continue each month throughout the fall (October 7, November 4 and December 2 at 2 p.m.). The cost is $30 for the two-hour session and will include a custom reusable water bottle. If community guests would like to add on a spa day pass, it will be discounted by 50% on those days ($30 instead of $60). Advanced sign-up (24-hour notice recommended) is required by calling the spa concierge at 800/WOODLOCH.


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