March 9, 2019

Rock Creek Conservancy

Forest Bathing Walk in Rock Creek Park

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
WHERE: Boundary Bridge Parking Lot at Beach Drive - DC/MD Line Chevy Chase, Maryland
COST: This is a free event! Register
CONTACT: Rock Creek Conservancy (301) 579-3105
Event website

Meeting Place: Boundary Bridge parking lot on Beach Drive at the DC/MD line (gate across Beach Drive). Park along Beach Drive if the parking lot is full. Carpooling recommended.

Registration Required (Limit 14): Register for the event here. Directions will be emailed following registration. 

Please Note: There are no restrooms at this location.

Join the Rock Creek Conservancy for a forest bathing walk led by certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley, award-winning author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and The Joy of Forest Bathing. We will meet at the edge of the Boundary Bridge parking lot and spend two hours slowly exploring the floodplain forest, tuning in to the beauty of the trees, birds and flowing water with all of our senses. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a practice that began in Japan in the 1980s and has since grown popular around the world. It is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for nature. Rock Creek Park is an ideal place to practice forest bathing and we hope you will join us!


March 15, 2019

United States Botanic Garden 

The Joy of Forest Bathing 
Noon slide lecture 

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Conservatory Classroom
Free: Pre-registration required

Register here.

The Joy of Forest Bathing
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees and The Joy of Forest Bathing
Join Melanie for a lecture and presentation about the joys and health benefits of spending quiet time in nature. Melanie, author of the newly released book, The Joy of Forest Bathing-Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, will describe the world-wide phenomenon called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing that began in Japan in the 1980s and is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for nature. The practice has since spread to countries around the world. The mental and physical health benefits of spending quiet time in nature have been demonstrated in numerous studies in Asia, North America, and Europe.

Melanie will show slides from her recent forest bathing trip to Japan and talk about the nature immersion walks she has led for the U.S. Botanic Garden, Smithsonian Associates, National Bonsai Foundation, Casey Trees, Rock Creek Conservancy, Aspen Institute, and other organizations. Melanie is the award-winning author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees. She is a nature and forest therapy guide with certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, based in Sonoma County, California.


March 27, 2019

The Barnesville Green Team & Sugarloaf Citizens Association

Co-Sponsor an Author Presentation and Book Signing

March 27, 2019, 7-9 pm at Linden Farm
20900 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842

Please RSVP to Jane Thompson jayteehike@gmail.com or 240-812-2453
if you plan to attend or have questions about the presentation.

Join the Green Team and SCA for an evening presentation by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, award-winning nature book author,
longtime SCA member, and former Comus resident. Melanie will present beautiful slides as she describes her latest book,
The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life.

Forest bathing, known as shinrin-yoku in Japan, is a mindfulness practice that involves full sensory and open-hearted connection with the natural world. Begun in Japan in the 1980s, and rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for nature, forest bathing has since become increasingly popular around the world.

In her presentation, Melanie will describe her own forest bathing trip to Japan as well as forest bathing walks she has led on Sugarloaf Mountain for global ecology students and on the farm she and her husband, Jim (SCA Board member and Past President) own in Comus. She will discuss the physical and mental benefits of spending quiet time in nature that have been demonstrated in numerous health studies by scientists in many countries. Melanie will be available to answer questions and sign her new book after her presentation. She will also have her other nature books on hand for autographing, including two books about Sugarloaf Mountain that are illustrated by Barnesville resident and artist Tina Thieme Brown (SCA Board member).

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of five nature books, including Sugarloaf—The Mountain’s History, Geology and Natural Lore and An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers & Trees—350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland (both with Barnesville artist Tina Thieme Brown). Melanie leads all-day tours of the Agricultural Reserve for Smithsonian Associates and the Audubon Naturalist Society. She leads forest bathing walks for many organizations, including Smithsonian Associates, the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Bonsai Foundation. Melanie is on the Advisory Committee of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance. Melanie is a nature and forest therapy guide with certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, the national leader in this field, headquartered in Sonoma County, CA.

Desserts, tea and coffee will be provided.


April 4, 2019

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing

Thursday, April 04, 2019, 6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM
A free event - please register here or at 240-630-1938.

Washington DC REI, 201 M Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20002

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

There's a growing body of evidence that the practice of forest bathing - known as "Shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where the phenomenon started - can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. Forest therapy is now gaining popularity as a way to reconnect with nature for health and many other benefits. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, certified forest therapy guide and author of "The Joy of Forest Bathing," joins us for a talk on the practice and benefits of forest bathing.

April 7, 2019

Politics & Prose

A Spring Walking Tour through Rock Creek Park - The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 7th
9:30am to 1pm

Price of the walk: $45
For more information, contact Bob Attardi at battardi@politics-prose.com.

Register here.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C. and the newly released The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Susan Austin Roth, the Rock Creek Park book's photographer and a Virginia Master Naturalist, will co-lead the walk, schedule permitting. Melanie and Susan are naturalists who frequently lead guided walks in the park, and they are intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. Melanie and Susan will share their love of nature and knowledge of the area’s ecology.

You'll enjoy a spring nature walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of the park, where the group will look for Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, trout lilies and other early spring wildflowers of the floodplain forest as we witness the miracle of “budbreak” among the park’s venerable trees. The tour will take place on Sunday, April 7th from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 1 p.m. The group will meet at the Boundary Bridge parking lot found along Beach Drive, where attendees can park. To get there, take the East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from D.C. and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take the East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Because the tour should last up to 3 1/2 hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and a light lunch. In addition, sunscreen and bug spray may be needed. Bring binoculars if you wish.

We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. There are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.

Price of the walk: $45 For more information, contact Bob Attardi at battardi@politics-prose.com.

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip.


April 9, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

Theodore Roosevelt Island Nature Walk

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot next to the footbridge.
Members: $45; non-members: $55.
Register/tickets here.

Enjoy the beauty of an April morning on Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species as they shift into spring.

Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while you gaze across the river toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic D.C. landmarks. During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees: A Year in Rock Creek Park and a forthcoming nature memoir about Roosevelt Island.

Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (The walk takes place rain or shine, depending on conditions.)


April 10, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Budbreak and Spring Wildflower Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Wednesday, April 10 (10am-2pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $28; nonmembers $38

Photo by Ana Ka’ahanui.

Join the author of A Year in Rock Creek ParkCity of Trees and a forthcoming book about Theodore Roosevelt Island for an early spring exploration of this 88-acre island in the Potomac. The island park serves as a fitting memorial to our 26th President, who was a naturalist, an early conservationist – and a member of the Audubon Naturalist Society! We’ll witness the miracle of budbreak amongst the island’s remarkable trees and enjoy the floodplain forest’s lovely Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, trout lilies, and other spring ephemerals. Our walk will take us around the island on woodland trails and through the swamp and tidal inlet on an elevated boardwalk trail. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the towering sycamores as we look for great blue herons, wood ducks, belted kingfishers and returning osprey. REGISTER HERE


April 13, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Bluebells and Budbreak at Boundary Bridge

Saturday April 13 (9:30am-2pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $28; nonmembers $38

We’re delighted that the author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her 13th year of nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park. On our walk, we will witness the annual floral miracle of Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and trout lilies in the floodplain forest, as we admire the leaves of tulip tree and American beech begin to spill from their buds. We’ll hope to catch bloodroot, wild ginger, cut-leafed toothwort and other spring ephemerals in bloom as we explore both floodplain and upland woods at a leisurely pace. Our lunch stop, high above the creek on a dramatic rock outcrop offering, will offer spectacular views. Here, we’ll do a bit of “forest bathing,” time permitting. Throughout, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for belted kingfishers, wood ducks, migrating songbirds, and tiny spring peepers. REGISTER HERE


April 18, 2019


National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees
(National Arboretum Bonsai & Penjing Museum)

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Thu, April 18, 2019
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Cost: $35 + fee
Click here for tickets

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. In the 2-hour program, hosted by The National Bonsai Foundation, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.


April 20, 2019

Brookside Gardens

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, April 20th, 2019
10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Brookside Gardens
Fee: $30; FOBG: $27

Intended for ages 18 & up.
Register here.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author, naturalist, and certified Forest Therapy Guide
Participants will be led on a forest bathing walk through the springtime blossoms and leafing trees at Brookside Gardens and the surrounding forest in Wheaton Regional Park. Experience the incomparable beauty of the springtime ephemerals as you stroll the grounds at a slow pace, stopping to smell the flowers, hear the birds, and ponder the many small miracles of spring unfolding. We’ll close the walk by enjoying pure maple syrup in Japanese tea cups, pure maple candies and walnuts.

About Forest Bathing
The Forest Agency of Japan began promoting forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, in the 1980s as a response to the stresses of urban living and long work hours. This nature-oriented mindfulness practice, which is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for the natural world, has since become popular all over the world, bringing joy and improved mental and physical health to millions of people. Numerous health studies have confirmed forest bathings benefits and doctors and nurses in our region are taking note. Many are prescribing ‘Nature’ to their patients.

About Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Melanie is certified with the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs in Sonoma County, California. She is the author of the newly released book, The Joy of Forest Bathing, as well as A Year in Rock Creek Park, City of Trees and two books about Sugarloaf Mountain that are illustrated by Brookside Art Instructor Tina Thieme Brown. Melanie frequently leads forest bathing walks for Smithsonian Associates, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Rock Creek Conservancy and Casey Trees.


April 22, 2019

US Botanic Garden

Earth Day Tree Tour of the Regional Garden

DATE: Monday, April 22
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour meets on the Terrace in front of the Conservatory
FREE: Pre-registration required. Register here.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees and The Joy of Forest Bathing
Spend Earth Day morning touring the Regional Garden with Melanie, award-winning nature book author and D.C. tree expert. Celebrate Earth Day in our outdoor Regional Garden as you learn to identify newly leafing and flowering trees of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Melanie will teach you how to identify tupelo, hop-hornbeam, red buckeye, pawpaw, common persimmon, oaks, and many other native trees. She will also share some of the arboreal history of Washington, D.C., which has long been known as the "City of Trees," and offer ideas for self-guided tree tours in and around the nation's capital.

Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing, and water. The tour is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/Code Red weather alert).


April 27, 2019

The Nature Conservancy:  City Nature Challenge (part of a world-wide event)

Capitol Tree Tour with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10a.m. to 1p.m.

Join us for a family friendly bioblitz at the Capitol grounds led by DC author and naturalist, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of, "The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places and Rejuvenate Your Life." Learn more about Melanie's new and award-winning work here: https://www.melaniechoukas-bradley.com/

Melanie will describe spring flowers, fruits and leaves and will teach attendees how to identify the diverse species of trees in the area including oak, maple, beech, and buckeye. Melanie will also share a little bit on the history of the Capitol Grounds and on the city of Washington, DC. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP! 

“Capitol Tree Tour” is one of five guided events that the MD/DC chapter is offering for the City Nature Challenge, so please come prepared with your phone and with the iNaturalist app downloaded and ready to go! Click here to view the other City Nature Challenge events. 

The tour will meet at the US Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001) at 10:00a.m. Restrooms will be available. The tour is expected to last up to three hours.

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light bagged lunch. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars if you wish. Sunscreen and bug spray may be needed. The tour will be canceled in the event of rain. 

About the author: Melanie Choukas-Bradley has authored a host of critically acclaimed books including, City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, illustrated by Polly Alexander. Visit her website at melaniechoukas-bradley.com

What is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge encourages people to discover and document the biodiversity of our urban spaces. What started as a friendly competition in 2016 between San Francisco and Los Angeles has now grown into a global event touching down in cities across the world!

It is easy to participate using the iNaturalist app (free on the app store). Just take a picture of a plant, animal, or pretty much anything in nature and upload it to the app. Citizen scientists around the world will help label your observations. 

Questions? Email Bridget Moynihan at bridget.moynihan@tnc.org.


May 2, 2019


National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees
(National Arboretum Bonsai & Penjing Museum)

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Thu, May 2, 2019
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Cost: $35 + fee
Click here for tickets

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. In the 2-hour program, hosted by The National Bonsai Foundation, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.


May 4, 2019

US Botanic Garden

Spring Tree Tour

DATE: Saturday, May 4
TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour will meet in front of the Conservatory entrance on the Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required, visit www.USBG.gov/Learn

(Registration details forthcoming)

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees and The Joy of Forest Bathing

Spend a May morning strolling under the venerable trees that grace the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum with Melanie. These lush and botanically diverse grounds were designed by the pre-eminent 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—designer of New York City’s Central Park and many other North American landscapes—and they have been described as one of the world’s finest arboretums. We will explore the historic groves of the Capitol at the height of spring foliage and flower, admiring and learning about the trees that grace the grounds, including species from around the United States and the world. We hope to see magnolias, dogwoods, buckeyes, horsechestnuts, and other flowering trees in bloom.

The tour begins at the USBG Conservatory and continues to the Capitol. Learn some basics of tree identification and a secret side of political Washington: the love of trees that goes back to founding presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and led to the capital becoming known as the “City of Trees.” Memorial trees planted by Members of Congress—including one that is 104 years old—are among the trees on the tour. Hear arboreal highlights of the city’s planning history and recommendations of local natural areas for further exploration. 

Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing, and water. The tour is canceled if it rains.


May 15, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society 

Wonders at Woodend (Chevy Chase, MD): Forest Bathing Through the Seasons

Wednesdays (10 am-Noon)
Section B: May 15 FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Section C: July 10
Section D: October 16 FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $26; nonmembers $36

Savor the natural joys of each season on forest bathing walks led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime ANS field trip leader and the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. 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 restoration of Woodend as we explore and commune with the living things in our meadows, forest, and Blair Garden. A serving of maple sap “tea” and a sharing of nature poetry will conclude each walk. REGISTER ONLINE.


May 18, 2019

Casey Trees

Forest Bathing Walk

(Registration details forthcoming)


May 22, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style
(Enid A. Haupt Garden)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tour meets at the entrance to the
S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian
Member: $30. Non-member: $45
Code: 1B0302
For tickets, click here.
(This program is sold out. Call us at (202) 633-3030 to get on the Wait List.)

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a 2-hour walk in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.


May 24, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Spring Nature Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain with Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Tina Thieme Brown

Friday, May 24 (10 am-3 pm) 
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown 
Members $34; nonmembers $48

The author and the artist of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain team up once again for a seasonal outing devoted to the botany, wildlife, geology, and history of our local monadnock in the rural Piedmont northwest of Washington, D.C. The 1.5 mile hike is timed to coincide with High Spring’s greening of the Sugarloaf Mountain woodlands and the blooming of many plants, including mountain laurel and fringe-tree. Bring binoculars to look for Wood Thrushes, Warblers, Ravens, and other bird species. After lunch, Tina will show you how to approach a quick leaf sketch, and Melanie will introduce the concept of “forest bathing,” time permitting. Our hike includes uphill/downhill walking over rocky trails and a fairly steep ¼ mile hike up to the summit—all at a leisurely pace. REGISTER HERE.


May 31, 2019

US Botanic Garden

“Botanical Bliss” –An Immersive Walk in the National Garden

DATE: Friday, May 31
TIME: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour meets on the Terrace in front of the Conservatory
FREE: Pre-registration required, visit www.USBG.gov/Learn

(Registration details forthcoming)

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist, Certified Forest Therapy Guide

Studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for both mental and physical health. This slow moving, immersive tour through the USBG outdoor gardens aims to promote wellness and reflections on nature. Join Melanie as she explores the beauty and wonder of the Garden through all five senses. Stop to periodically share experiences and observations with other participants and sip some pure maple sap “tea” at the conclusion of the journey.


June 4, 2019

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
(talk and book signing at the Fairfax store)

Tuesday, June 04, 2019
7:00 PM
  –  8:30 PM
Fairfax REI
11950 Grand Common Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030

A free event - please register here or call (571) 522-6568
There's a growing body of evidence that the practice of forest bathing - known as "Shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where the phenomenon started - can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. Forest therapy is now gaining popularity as a way to reconnect with nature for health and many other benefits. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, certified forest therapy guide and author of "The Joy of Forest Bathing," joins us for a talk on the practice and benefits of forest bathing.

June 10, 2019

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
(talk and book signing at the Rockville store)

Tuesday, June 10, 2019
7:00 PM
  –  8:30 PM
Rockville REI
910 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852 

A free event - please register here or call (301) 770-1751
There's a growing body of evidence that the practice of forest bathing - known as "Shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where the phenomenon started - can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. Forest therapy is now gaining popularity as a way to reconnect with nature for health and many other benefits. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, certified forest therapy guide and author of "The Joy of Forest Bathing," joins us for a talk on the practice and benefits of forest bathing.

June 7, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

Finding Paradise in Montgomery County (all-day tour of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and Sugarloaf Mountain)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St side
1127 Conn. Ave NW; Fringe: I-270, Exit 6B
Best Western Rockville 1251 W Montgomery Ave
$175 Member, $225 Non-Member
Code: 1ND028
Register here.

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day exploring the verdant rolling hills of Montgomery County’s scenic 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve and nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime resident of the reserve and author of two books about Sugarloaf, serves as guide and introduces some of her favorite places in this close-in slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

Along the way, she covers two remarkable preservation stories: Gordon Strong’s lifelong mission to save Sugarloaf Mountain from development and keep it open for public enjoyment and education; and Montgomery County’s innovative farmland preservation program, which has served as a model for agricultural areas throughout the country and the world.

Visit lushly landscaped historic farms and meet farmers who offer a view of the progressive methods they employ to bring fresh strawberries, peaches, apples, and a myriad of vegetables to local markets. Step into an artist’s studio, explore historic sites, and take a short walk along one of the shaded and inviting trails of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Lunch is at Bassett’s Restaurant in Poolesville. Enjoy wine, cheese, and fresh strawberries at a local farm at the end of the day.

Fringe stop at about 9:10 a.m.

This tour includes lunch and afternoon refreshments; the tour involves walking and standing at most sites.


July 10, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Wonders at Woodend (Chevy Chase, MD): Forest Bathing Through the Seasons

Wednesdays (10 am-Noon)
Section B: May 15 FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Section C: July 10
Section D: October 16 FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $26; nonmembers $36

Savor the natural joys of each season on forest bathing walks led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime ANS field trip leader and the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. 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 restoration of Woodend as we explore and commune with the living things in our meadows, forest, and Blair Garden. A serving of maple sap “tea” and a sharing of nature poetry will conclude each walk. REGISTER ONLINE.


July 16, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Summer Kayaking Trip at Theodore Roosevelt Island
With Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Stephanie Mason

Tuesday, July 16 (10 am-1 pm) 
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Stephanie Mason 
Members $30; nonmembers $42

Meet two naturalists at the Key Bridge Boathouse for a summer paddling trip around Theodore Roosevelt Island. Discover the magic of paddling around DC’s historic 88.5 acre island in the Potomac beneath the boughs of magnificent sycamores, cottonwoods, silver maples, black walnuts, basswoods and river birches. Witness the blooms of many summer wildflowers growing along the shoreline and the thrill of spotting ospreys, bald eagles, herons and egrets, and the noisy kingfisher! Canoes or kayaks can be rented or you can bring your own. Registration fee does not include boat rental. REGISTER HERE.


July 19, 2019

Hidden Ridge Farm

Rejuvenate on the Flower Farm: Forest, Flowers, and Fresh Air
(Forest bathing led by Melanie with yoga and flower arranging during an evening event in Clarksburg, MD)

(Registration details forthcoming)


July 25, 2019

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing

Thursday, July 25, 2019
7:00 PM
  –  8:30 PM
Tysons REI
8209 Watson Street, McLean, Tysons, VA 22102
A free event - please register here or at (703) 506-1938.

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

There's a growing body of evidence that the practice of forest bathing - known as "Shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where the phenomenon started - can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. Forest therapy is now gaining popularity as a way to reconnect with nature for health and many other benefits. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, certified forest therapy guide and author of "The Joy of Forest Bathing," joins us for a talk on the practice and benefits of forest bathing.

Most nature photographs by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Polly Alexander.


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