About the Event
Join forest therapy guide, Joy Evans, on a guided 90 min walk blending Celtic contemplation practices and forest bathing, inspired by John Phillip Newell’s prayer book for peace, Praying with the Earth.
We’ll begin by intentionally slowing down to sink into the physical senses and begin to recognize the sacred light of Christ in all things. As you slowly walk through San Damiano’s gardens and trees (ancestral territory of the Ohlone and Bay Miwok), allow yourself to shift from doing into being. As an intentionally small group (max of 10 participants), we will connect to reflect after each invitation that takes you on a journey to connect deeply with the earth.
This walk is much slower than a hike and covers a very short distance allowing you to reawaken to your senses and experience awe. Spend time cultivating wonder and awe, receiving the physical and psychological health benefits of being outdoors.
Walks are subject to cancellation due to poor air quality and heavy rain.
About the Presenter(s)Joy Evans, MSW
Joy Evans, MSW (she/her) is “rooted in joy, moving with love, planting peace” through forest therapy and the sounds of crystal singing bowls. Her trauma-informed, holistic approach is grounded in a deep connection with the healing presence of nature and over twenty years of facilitating programs in higher education. Leading a diverse team that oversaw healing services, crisis-intervention, and case management of survivor support services for UC Berkeley’s PATH to Care Center deepened Joy’s commitment to embodiment practices for self/community care. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Art of Sound Healing Level II Certification from the Seattle Sound Temple; Certified Guide training from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy; and studies with the School of Celtic Consciousness. Learn more about Joy at www.joyevansmsw.com.