Forest Bathing Half Day Retreat

Did you know that spending time connecting with nature has been medically and scientifically proven to treat stress-related illnesses?  Relax and unplug on a Guided Forest Bathing Walk, a slow-paced facilitated combination of wandering, sitting, and resting.  We will cover no more than a mile as I guide us through a sequence of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our surroundings in a way that support reconnecting or deepening our connection with the natural world. This practice is inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, where much infrastructure has been created around designated healing forests.  Shinrin-Yoku translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  A plethora of studies have been done demonstrating how nature is powerful medicine in treating stress-related illnesses. Experience the healing power of the Arboretum. Tam is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.  She recently completed her practicum here at the Arnold Arboretum.  Tam has first hand experience of the healing benefits of spending time in nature.

Mayor Walsh: Imagine Boston, Imagine Jamaica Plain

Every spring, the city of Boston releases our Imagine Boston Capital Plan for the next five years. It outlines where our city’s budget will be focused, our longer-term plans, and our priorities. Essentially, the capital plan details what initiatives and projects in your neighborhood and across the city that we’ll be investing in to make Boston’s future brighter. From Jamaica Pond to the Curley K-8 School, it’s my priority to create growth and opportunity for every Bostonian in every neighborhood. Boston will be at its best when all its residents have the support and opportunity they need to thrive.

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Storms Take Toll on Arnold Arboretum Trees

Around 30 trees at the Arnold Arboretum have been removed or will be removed after sustaining substantial damage by the recent nor'easter storms.

The first storm on March 2nd caused major damage to more than 30 accessioned trees. An accessioned tree means its been documented as part of the arboretum's collection of more than 15,000 plants. Arboretum staff determined the following day that 22 specimens -- mostly pine, spruce, fir and hemlock species, would require being removed, according to the Arnold Arboretum's website. The March 8th storm affected another handful of trees with the bulk of the damage in the conifer collection, said Jon Hetman, Associate Dir. of External Relations and Communications for the Arnold Arboretum, to Jamaica Plain News.

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Amazing Evergreens, Explore Diversity in the Arboretum Conifer Collection

Come out, brave the elements and learn about the many kinds of conifers at the Arboretum while a tour, family activity and hot chocolate helps keep everyone warm. The tour will focus on conifer biology and ecology and will be led by Andrew Leslie, an Assistant Professor at Brown University.  The tour will begin at 1:15pm. This is a drop in event, no registration is needed. Meet us at the map table near the Bussey Street Gate entrance.

Tooning in to Conservation

Rosemary Mosco, Science Communicator and Naturalist

Science and conservation are serious endeavors. But sometimes you just need a laugh. Rosemary Mosco, a nature cartoonist and science communicator with a keen wit, will share some of her science-based comics, sure to make you guffaw. She’ll talk about how you can use art and writing to support conservation and speak about her process of developing a cartoon, from concept through research, wordsmithing, to sketch-up and final design. See her work at Bird and Moon Science and Nature Cartoons.