forest bathing

Maria Best, a Salinas native, first encountered the concept when she picked up a book at the Carmel library, “Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness,” by Dr. Qing Li, a Japanese medical doctor considered the world’s expert in forest medicine. “All of a sudden I had this revelation,” Best says. Newly obsessed, she set out to become a certified forest therapy guide, but the training workshops – in far-flung, often exotic locales – were too cost-prohibitive. But then Covid hit and all those classes moved online, and she jumped at the opportunity. Best leads a forest bathing experience tonight, Sept. 30, from 5:30-7pm in Toro Park.

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