Frequently asked questions about our walks
Where are the walks held?
Currently, our walks are held at Ross Lodge: Whitnall Park, 6750 S. 92nd St, Greendale, WI 53132. We may add additional walk locations in the future.
What should I wear?
Weather-appropriate attire that you’ll be comfortable in and not worried about getting a little dirty. More specifically:
- Walking shoes that can get damp.
- Hats are good in the sun.
- Long sleeves and pants protect from scrapes and bristles.
- A rain poncho if it looks like it could rain.
- A jacket if it could be cooler than you like.
- A day pack will keep your hands free.
What should I bring with me?
- Sunscreen and insect repellant
- Extra layers, based on weather
- Cell phone (for emergencies only. Keep it on silent!)
- Water bottle
- Day pack to keep your hands free
How long are the walks?
Our walks are usually about 3 hours long. In general forest bathing usually takes 2-4 hours.
What movements are involved?
There will be periods of walking, sitting, and standing. If you have specific physical needs, please let us know in advance of the walk.
Can I bring the kids?
Yes, if they are also registered, though no special considerations are made for children. They will be the responsibility of parents attending with them. Consider whether the activities are likely to be age appropriate and how their attendance will affect your own ability to participate.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, no pets allowed.
Why do I need a guide?
Forest bathing is a structured practice. There’s more to it than simply going for a walk in the woods. Going with a guide is a great way to be introduced to the parts of the practice and to jump into a full experience right away without having to worry about planning or learning how to do it before you can get started. Guides help us slow down, relax, and open ourselves from the practice. We are able to benefit from their experience and guidance as we learn how to relate to nature in a new way. As a result, we recommend getting introduced to the practice by a guide if possible.
Is it always in the forest?
Most often forest bathing is in a wooded area (which is the case for all our walks currently), but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.