Teenagers will be introduced to forest therapy at the Arboretum


By Judy Wilson | Associate Editor

Deerfield Beach – Photographer and forest therapy guide Donna Mansbart will lead a forest walk for teens at Constitution Park Arboretum on November 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mansbart is certified in the art of Shinrin-Yoku, a beneficial practice for the mind. health.

A park similar to the Arboretum where teenagers will walk this week. [Donna Mansbart]

Participants will roam the Arboretum, recording and sharing their thoughts. Developed by a Japanese doctor in Japan in the 1980s who documented his results, Shinrin-Yoku is believed to reduce cortisol, relax the body, improve sleep and the immune system, lower blood pressure, and awaken a deeper relationship with nature.

The walk is not a hike, but a slow stroll through the Arboretum’s 200 species of exotic plants and rainforest waterfall.

Says Mansbart, “It’s a slow walk with a series of prompts that can be expressed in any way the individual wishes. There is no right or wrong way to do it. We will join a sharing circle after each invitation, and walkers can share in any way they wish. We will end our walk with a snack and a last round of sharing. Reviews are provided.

Participants are limited to 10 young people who must accompany the march until its conclusion. Constitution Park is located at 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Visit secure.rec1.com/fl/deerfield-beach-fl/catalog to register.

Note: Click the Activities tab, scroll down to Recreation, then click ARP Resources, Service & Interventions for Youth & Families to register: Catalog – City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation (rec1.com). Check out the guide at donnamansbart.com or visit her on Instagram, @donna_mansbart. For more information, call the Teen Center at 954-571-4568.


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