Enjoying meditative time in nature, balances the stresses of modern life. Coupled with moving meditation exercises known as Qigong, we will consciously release unneeded energy and welcome fresh vital energy into our bodies. We will meet beside one of the greenest buildings ever, The Frick Environmental Center, to discuss the principles of Forest bathing & QiGong. Preparing to enter the forest with reverence, we will practice moving meditation QiGong exercises, suitable for all abilities. We will then enter the Forest for a walk, pausing at special power spots along the way to practice Qigong exercises. We will meet various creatures & plants along the way. We will become fully immersed in the forest energy. We will end the session with a chance to reflect on our experiences and ask any questions. The healing energy we absorb during forest Bathing comes with us out into our lives and reverberates into the world around us! After this experience you will have the ability to Forest Bathe on your own & you will have a few QiGong exercises to use for promoting health & vitality in your life!
I first discovered QiGong exercises while training in the martial art, Aikido, where we would begin class with some short exercises that entirely shifted my energy! How can a few simple breathes & movements shift my energy so rapidly? This question has lead me on a fantastic journey of becoming a Medical Qigong Therapist, Forest Bathing guide, professional member of the National Qigong Association, & co-owner of Cloud Gate Pittsburgh, where we provide holistic healing sessions for individuals, couples, & groups! Historically, Qigong & Tai Chi have been practiced in public parks where the benefits of nature increase their effectiveness. I am reviving this tradition in the wonderful public parks of Pittsburgh & beyond! A short walk becomes a great journey when we practice Qigong & Forest Bathing together. See you in the Forest!
Frick Park is the largest municipal park in Pittsburgh at 644 acres! This site has been protected and preserved as a natural reserve where numerous wildlife and native plants thrive. We begin at the Frick Environmental Center which is considered one of the Greenest Buildings in the World. This location provides ample parking, restrooms, & drinking water. We will walk along moderate trails pausing in unique spots to enjoy the beauty of nature.
This experience involves a short walk which becomes a great journey. Please wear comfortable shoes & dress for the weather. We will be sitting in the forest, so you are welcome to bring a towel/mat if you like. Beverages are welcome, there is also a water fountain on-site. Bathrooms on-site.
Forest Bathing & QiGong in Frick Park