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September 18, 2020

U.S. Botanic Garden

Online Author Talk - Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island

DATE: Friday, September 18
TIME: 12 p.m. to 1p.m. ET
LOCATION: online
FREE: Pre-registration required
Register here.

Join Melanie as she shares from her latest book and gives you a natural history tour of D.C.’s very own island in the Potomac River, Theodore Roosevelt Island -- an 88.5-acre oasis and memorial to our foremost conservationist president. Melanie will take you on a tour of the island’s trees, wildflowers, birds, and trails through the seasons, sharing the fascinating history of the island. She’ll also share views of the island from her kayak.

Please note: Registration closes at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Participants will be emailed the link to access the lecture at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 17, 2020. This program will be recorded.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island, City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, The Joy of Forest Bathing, and Resilience—Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis

September 23, 2020

Smithsonian Associates

Backyard Forest Bathing: Reconnecting with Nature - Morning Audio Tour

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Code: 1NVA14
Member - $50, Non-Member - $60
To register, please go here.

Platform: Zoom
Online registration is required.
For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

Here’s the perfect escape: Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis, for anintimate virtual forest-bathing walk. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning program.

In this unique interactive audio experience, explore your surroundings through all your senses and connect deeply with the beauty and wonder of nature as Choukas-Bradley leads a small group in a series of “invitations” designed to help you become fully present and engaged with the living things around you.

Your registration will include:

  • A pre-recorded video presentation from Melanie Choukas-Bradley to introduce the concept of forest bathing.
  • The option to purchase a signed copy of both of Melanie's books with a discount from our local bookseller.

This is an audio-only Zoom program; the session is limited to 15 participants and 1.5 hours in length.


October 3, 2020

Politics and Prose

ONLINE CLASS: Forest Bathing

Saturday: October 3, from noon to 2 p.m.
Non-member - $50
Member - $45
Register here.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and Resilience—Connecting With Nature in a Time of Crisis, for a forest bathing presentation and experience that you can enjoy in your own backyard or even your living room. Based on her research for these two books, her forest bathing trip to Japan, and her experience as a certified forest bathing guide, she will give you a comprehensive presentation accompanied by beautiful slides on the practice of shinrin-yoku or forest bathing and give you guidance to lead your own solo or small group forest bathing walks during our current crisis and beyond.

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in the 1980s in Japan and it is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for nature. Forest bathing is a mindfulness practice akin to meditation, yoga and tai chi that involves tuning in to the beauty and wonder of your natural surroundings with all of your senses. Melanie is a nature and forest therapy guide with certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides & Programs and she has participated in guided shinrin-yoku walks throughout Japan.

Melanie will be joined by Ana Ka’ahanui, co-founder of Capital Nature, and fellow forest bathing guide.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the award-winning author of several nature books, including City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, The Joy of Forest Bathing and Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Melanie has been leading nature walks for Politics and Prose and many other Washington, D.C. organizations for several years.

Ana Ka’ahanui is Co-Founder and Director of Experiential Programs for Capital Nature and a forest therapy guide.

October 14, 2020

Audubon Naturalist Society

Wonders at Woodend: Fall Forest Bathing Walk WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Wednesday, October 14 (10 am-12 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $30; nonmembers $42

Savor the natural joys of autumn on a forest bathing walk led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime ANS field trip leader and the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and two new books: Resilience—Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis and Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Discover the magic of shinrin-yoku, translated as “forest bathing,” a nature-oriented mindfulness practice that originated in Japan and has become popular all over the world. Our leader is a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide with certification from the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs of Sonoma County, California. Experience the ongoing restoration of our Woodend Sanctuary as we explore and commune with the living things in its meadows, forest, and Blair Native Plant Garden. A sharing of nature poetry will conclude the walk. 

November 12, 2020

Smithsonian Associates

Through the Seasons on Theodore Roosevelt Island - Morning Virtual Tour

Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET
Platform: Zoom, Online registration is required.
Go here to register. Code: 1NV016
Member - $25, Non-Member - $30

Spend a fascinating autumn morning with naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley as she leads a virtual excursion to Theodore Roosevelt Island. She traces the inspiring beauty and biological diversity of this 88.5-acre oasis and memorial in the Potomac through the seasons as she discusses its woodlands and wildlife. She also covers the history and geology of this fascinating place and the conservation legacy of the naturalist president it honors.

Choukas-Bradley’s new book Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island (Changemakers Book) is available for sale.



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