MBR Forest Bathing II

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Wednesday September 11

6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

Restorative Forest Bathing Meditation


$15 for Vizcaya Members

Non Members -> Purchase of an adult ticket below will provide you with an individual Membership to Vizcaya as well as 1 complimentary ticket to one members-only yoga class


Vizcaya is home to a subtropical forest called a Rockland hammock. This ecosystem is critically endangered due to overdevelopment. Many of the plants and trees in this old-growth forest are not found in any other habitat in the United States.  Vizcaya’s Rockland hammock is one of the few remaining stretches of old and original forests left in Miami. The preservation of this forest at Vizcaya has recently been awarded recognition as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. To celebrate this rare and prestigious recognition, we invite you to join us for a restorative Forest Bathing Meditation session. 



 What we’ll do - James Deering intended to restore his health at Vizcaya, and we will do the same!  We will begin with a 20-minute seated meditation session followed by a one-hour long guided forest bathing session. Led by Fereshteh Toosi, a certified Forest Therapy Guide, this experience will take place within the Rockland Hammocks that surround the Vizcaya estate. Forest bathing takes the form of a guided walk designed to relax and rejuvenate. We'll bathe our senses in the healing qualities of our environment, make time for self-reflection, and share our experiences through conversation. We'll leave refreshed by a unique

contemplative practice that we can carry into our everyday routines.



What's provided - A light snack of dried fruit and nuts and an herbal infusion to close our experience. Vegan and gluten-free. Please let us know if you have any allergies or food restrictions.





I am a member but the price says $50. How do I get my member rate ticket?

In the upper right-hand corner of this screen will be a link that says {Sign In / Register} You will need to sign in to your member account using the email on file to gain your discount. The discount will appear in the shopping cart page (second screen) during the check out process. If your discount is still not being applied, please contact membership at 305-860-8417 and we will assist you over the phone. 

I am not a member of Vizcaya but would love to attend. Do you have a special incentive?

This Forest bathing Meditation is a Members Only benefit. We encourage you to take advantage of a special promotion where you can become an Individual level member and receive 1 complimentary ticket to this  class. Membership is valid for unlimited admission for a whole year for yourself and a guest, complimentary audio and guided tours, and more. For more information on Vizcaya Membership benefits, please check out our website.

I am a member of Vizcaya, can I buy a ticket for a friend who is not a member?

Yes, we encourage our members to share the magic of Vizcaya with friends and family. 

Is there an age limit for this event? Can I bring children?

As this is a walking meditation class, we encourage individuals of ages 11 and up to attend this event. It is a low impact, but high concentration class. Parents should not leave children underage unsupervised. Adults with difficulty standing for an extended period or navigating through uneven terrain should refrain from participating. 

What should I bring or wear?

We recommend bringing a towel, or yoga mat to sit on. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes as we WILL be going into the forests so please make sure to wear protective clothing you feel comfortable in. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Complimentary parking is available at Vizcaya. You can also arrive by Metrorail at the Vizcaya stop. We encourage public transportation users to please check with Miami-Dade Transit to plan their scheduled route in advance to ensure arriving on time.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Member Services at membership@vizcaya.org or during regular business hours at 305-860-8417

What time should I get there?

Check-In will begin at the Vizcaya Main House at 6:00 p.m. The class will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.Late arrivals and no-shows will not be refunded.

Will the class be canceled due to inclement weather?

In case of inclement or severe weather, classes will be rescheduled for a better day.  do suggest bringing a long-sleeve shirt and an umbrella during those days. Classes will only be canceled and refunded if we receive a national severe weather warning asking Miami Residents to remain indoors. We will immediately e-mail attendees in such situations to ensure their safety.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will be handling check-in by verifying registered attendee name against purchased tickets.

What is an Old Growth Forest and why is this designation important?

An OGF is a forest that has attained great age without any significant disturbances and because of its age, exhibits unique geological features.  Old growth forests are diverse and home to many rare species. More carbon is retained in an old growth forest than any other age of the forest. Old forests also can offer many psychological benefits when we experience them. The Old-Growth Forest Network is a national non-profit organization and is the only national network in the U.S. of protected, old-growth, native forests where all generations can experience biodiversity and the beauty of nature. The forests that are dedicated to the national Network are chosen because they are excellent "representative" forests for their specific locale. Forests inducted into our nationwide Network have exceptional ecological integrity and are among the oldest known native forests in their county. They have formal protection in place that ensures that their trees and ecosystems are protected from commercial logging and other kinds of habitat destruction. All Network forests are open to the public so that everyone can experience them for recreation and wellbeing.

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