Forest Bathing Immersions
Research shows that spending time in nature increases immune function, mental clarity, and social connections.
Forest bathing is a practice that involves mindful movement and extended time in nature to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and open the body up to healing compounds emitted by trees and plants.
According to the EPA, the average person spends 90% of their life indoors and 11 hours a day on a screen. Youth are not far behind at 7.5 hours a day on a screen.
Our increasing distance from nature and time on screens is linked to higher rates of depression, mental fatigue, social disconnect and illness. Due to a continued history of environmental racism marginalized communities face higher exposure to screentime, indoor and outdoor pollutants, and increased barriers to healthy natural spaces.
The Rusty Anvil serves as a platform to reconnect with the natural world and find grounding, healing, and place within the more-than-human community.