A hike on Acadia and St. Sauveur mountains will be led by the Sierra Club Maine. PHOTO COURTESY OF SIERRA CLUB MAINE

‘Forest bathing’ hike planned

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Sierra Club Maine will hold a fall “shinrin-yoku” hike in Acadia National Park on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.

In Japanese, shinrin-yoku, the practice of forest bathing, is making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest. Contemplative walks and reconnecting with nature in forests have medically researched health benefits and are a simple remedy for stress and too much screen time and can strengthen the immune system. This hybrid hike will include taking some time to listen, breathe, be quiet and still, as well as enjoy the benefits of a group hike together to Acadia and St. Sauveur Mountains on Mount Desert Island.

Participants should bring water and a snack and dress appropriately for the weather and a moderately strenuous day hike of 3.9 miles. The outing will start at the Acadia Mountain parking area on Route 102 (south of Somesville across from Echo Lake).

Participants need to sign up in advance. Contact Tara Hollander at 323-5413 or [email protected].

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