The Los Angeles Arboretum is a gorgeous natural oasis by day, but have you ever wandered through it illuminated with silvery moonlight? If you haven’t, then add this full moon forest bathing experience to your list of things to do this month. It’s one of the most beloved rituals at the botanical garden, and the next one happens on May 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
These enchanting strolls through the garden are inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was seen as the antidote to the burnout that arose during the technology boom of the 80s and has been adopted by modern communities around the world. The idea is to immerse yourself in nature for a few hours and awaken your senses to your surroundings. It’s proven to have positive mental and physical effects on us overworked, digitally-centered humans—and the glow of our alluring satellite deepens all the results.
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While you don’t need a science degree to feel the soothing embrace of the natural environment, there are plenty of studies to peruse that back this tradition. But beyond boosting immune strength, reducing cortisol levels, and improving cognitive functioning, it can also strengthen society’s bond with nature. We’re forced to consider the fragility of ecosystems and the interdependence of everything that exists within it.
In the Arboretum’s guided full moon forest bathing sessions, you’ll slow down and take in all the incredible wonders that happen all around us that we rarely stop to enjoy. Guests will be encouraged to find their own way to interact and relax in the city’s natural landscapes. It’s worth noting that classes are limited to 15 people and they are often booked up quickly. If you happen to miss this month’s, you can plan ahead and set your eyes on next month’s event.
Tickets cost $35 and reservations can be made online here.
Location: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007