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Shinrin Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) is a Course

Shinrin Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing)

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

$45 Enroll

Full course description

Course Date & Time:

Saturday, October 8, 2022- 9:00am - 12:00pm PST


Course Notes

This course is held in-person at our Bastyr University Kenmore Campus. Participants should plan to meet at the gazebo located behind the main campus building.

Canvas Classroom


By registering for the course, you are given access to a Canvas classroom. This is optional, but it will hold any resources and links discussed in class, and you will need to access it to complete your post-course evaluation and competency quiz (if you want to receive a certificate of completion). Please check your email following registration for access instructions. For any issues related to Canvas access, please email us at

About the Course

Forest immersion puts you in a more calm and relaxed state. Simply being in contact with nature has been found to lower pulse rate and blood pressure, increase parasympathetic (calming) nerve charge, and lower sympathetic (stressful) charge. This in turn improves the quality of one's life, affecting sleep, mood, energy level, immune function, and resistance to disease. This 3-hour course explores the research informing different methods of facilitated adaptation and teaches the practices of Shinrin Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), Earthing/grounding, and Grazing. Participants will have their vitals taken before and after and are encouraged to participate in trail walking at a leisurely pace. 


Course Learning Objectives & Goals

·        Understand the biochemical advantages of trees and plants and being around them

·        Understand the health impacts of stress, excess screen time, lack of physical movement, and nature deficit 

·        Practice quieting the mind and refocusing on the present moment, as well as feeling awestruck with natural wonder. Practice, practice, practice... 

·        Experience how the senses of taste and touch affect breath and energy level

·        Experience before and after measurements of personal stress markers, including blood pressure, heart and breathing rate and general well-being.

Course Completion Requirements (in order to receive a Certificate of Completion)

  • You must attend the in-person class held at BU Kenmore.
  • You must complete the course exam with a 75% or higher to pass.
  • You must complete the course evaluation.

What to Bring

  • Wear comfortable layered clothing, a hat and shoes appropriate to the weather.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Prepare to part with your phones and devices during the entire class.

About the Instructor

Dr. Jenn Dazey grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she became proficient with the edible and medicinal world around her.  A practicing herbalist, farmer, teacher, and sculptor, Jenn has connected thousands of people with the patterns of living systems that sustain them, from the molecular to the infinite. Chair of Botanical Medicine and core faculty at Bastyr University, she aims to shift the paradigm of healing toward resiliency, responsibility, and diversity of all things. Her private practice in Monroe, WA, centers on adaptive botanical medicine, which may include teas and tinctures or grazing on the buds of trees and bathing in herbal infusions.  She has worked as an herbalist in private consulting since 2003, and as a primary care physician since 2008, and regularly appears on television and print media. Specializing in adjunctive cancer care, mushrooms and sea vegetables, she also dedicates her time to water conservation, land management, and community service. At Bastyr University, Dr. Dazey teaches herbal materia medica and clinical herbalism to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as organic gardening, soil ecology, seed saving, and biointensive IPM, field studies in seaweeds, mushrooms, and botanical ID in Costa Rica and Peru, as well as locally and in the San Juan Islands. Dr. Dazey has also designed passive living systems to include water filtration and revitalization, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, thermodynamic exchangers and mass heaters, and also loves to sculpt giant sand castles for fun.


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