4 Sessions: Feb 24, Mar 16, Apr 6, & Apr 27
Have you ever noticed the plants and trees around Dayaalu Center and wanted to spend more time getting to know them, listening to their wisdom?
Join Joy for a four-part series combining nature therapy, community sound healing, and Celtic contemplation practices that invite you to notice what is unfurling this spring. In the Celtic wheel of the year, early February marks the beginning of the transition into spring. This is the time of frondescence, or “ period of unfolding of leaves” as plants respond to the lengthening sunlight. This unfolding is sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic.
In this contemplative practice, we will spend time gently moving around the courtyard of Dayaalu reconnecting with the senses and connecting with trees and plants. We will also practice inside the studio with an orientation toward deepening our connections with the more than human world and ourselves. Space will be held for reflective discussion.
Nature and forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or "forest bathing." Joy blends nature therapy and sound healing practices. The gentle sounds of alchemy crystal singing bowls will support your reflections and dreaming about what is unfurling within you this spring. Gentle attention will be given to the heart and throat chakras of each person to support connection to the greening energy, as well as what wants express this spring.
When you slow down, what will you notice expanding around and within you?
Connect with the more than human world, yourself, and others in an intentionally small group. Registration for this 4-part series is limited to 8 participants.
Studies have demonstrated a wide array of psychological and physical health benefits from spending time connecting in nature. Learn more about the benefits of forest bathing/nature therapy on Joy's website:
What to know & bring to prepare for this series:
• No previous experience with forest bathing or sound healing needed.
• Wear comfortable clothing & shoes.
• Raingear if light rain is in the forecast; heavy rain will move us indoors.
• Meditation chairs, yoga mats, and blankets provided during the sound healing.
For being outside during Spring:
• If you have any mobility issues please let Joy know beforehand.
• If you're allergic to bees, please bring your EpiPen with you.
Joy Evans, MSW (she/her) combines trauma-healing modalities with sound and forest therapy to lead people out of the perpetual stress response, to reconnect with the details of the senses and return to clarity, centered self, and calm.
Joy has a deep commitment to restorative practices. Joy is a certified sound healer and forest therapy guide, and has studied with the School of Celtic Consciousness. She offers private small group and 1:1 sound healings, guided forest bathing walks, and hosts community events that celebrate the rhythms of nature. Joy welcomes folks from all backgrounds, especially LGBTQ+ and BIPOC to her offerings.
Find Joy at joyevansmsw.com and youtube.com/@joyevans
Cost: $222 for 4-Part Series
Limited to 8 participants. Please register in advance to hold your spot.
**This event will be held indoors at the Dayaalu Center, and outside in the surrounding courtyard, weather permitting.