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Blossom Together:
A Day of Forest Bathing

Blossom Together
A Day of Forest Bathing

April 13, 2024

Join us as we enter Spring for a restorative and engaged day of Forest Bathing, earth-based mindfulness practices and kinship with fellow lovers of the Earth. Forest Bathing, adapted from the Japanese practice of "Shinrin-yoku", is a practice of using all of your senses to connect with nature in a mindful way. Many studies have found it to be helpful in decreasing stress, increasing immune system functioning, and developing a deeper relationship to nature. Along with Forest Bathing, this retreat will include options for meditation, contemplative writing, and interactive somatic explorations with the aim of rediscovering the joy of simply being and the peace that arises when we align with the flow of Earth.


Flow of the Day

- Forest Bathing

- Mindful Tea Ceremony

- Vegan Lunch

- Journaling Activity

- Guided Break-Out Activities:

      -Nature Poetry or

      -Earth-Based Embodiment Practices

- Deep Relaxation Meditation

- Fireside Social 

Join the Waitlist

At this time, all available spots have been filled. We encourage you to sign up for the waitlist in case any spots open up through cancellations.

Thank you for joining the waitlist!

Date: April 13, 2024

Time: 9am - 5pm

Location: Kindred Forest | Bourbon, MO (address will be sent after registration)

Rate: $135 (Vegan / GF Lunch Included)

*Our need-based reduced rate tickets have been sold out. 

Image by Annie Gavin

Co-Hosted By


Facilitation Team

 Jo (he/him) is a certified Forest Therapy Guide and founder of Kindred Forest retreat space.  Through Forest Bathing and other nature connection practices such as ecological restoration and foraging, Jo has discovered a deeper sense of purpose and a more relaxed, joyful and clear way of living. He loves to share Forest Bathing with others after seeing the transformative effects that a restored connection to nature has had in his life.

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Jo Pang

Forest Therapy Guide

 Kara (she/her) is the founder and lead consultant at Seed & Spiral, where she weaves Work that Reconnects practices and anti-oppression work together.  She is a village-builder, systems thinker, organizer, participant-centered educator, and a skillful and playful facilitator. Kara is energized by growing our collective imaginations for liberation through body-based, earth-centered, equity offerings. 

Kara Bender

Earth-Centered Somatic Facilitator

Ashley (she/her) is a Mindfulness Coach and active practitioner in the Plum Village tradition. She works as the Associate Editor at The Arrow Journal, where she finds pure joy in working at the intersection of the academic and dharma worlds. She also works in educational publishing, teaches yoga, and shares the practice of mindfulness and meditation through personal coaching sessions.

Ashley Wilson

Mindfulness Coach

More Details

Lodging Options

Overnight accommodations and camping are available at Kindred Forest at varying rates from $25 - $75. Please email for more information.


If you have special dietary restrictions beyond a vegan and gluten-free diet, please let us know and we will try to accommodate. Everyone is welcome to bring their own food (the retreat rate will be reduced to $125 if you choose to waive lunch). 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you wish to cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund as long as you cancel more than 4 weeks before the retreat, 50% if you cancel between 2 - 4 weeks, and no refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the retreat. If we cancel the retreat, we will issue you a full refund. 

In case of severe and dangerous weather, we will reschedule the retreat. Should you be unable to join for the reschedule date, we will issue you a full refund. 

Email us at with any questions or requests related to this retreat.

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