Join us in-person as we honor the Autumn Equinox with a day-long healing retreat!
Saturday, September 24 10:30am - 4:00pm*
*held at the Dayaalu Center and a nearby forest location.

Guided Forest Bathing Walk • Forest/Farm-to-Table Lunch • Community Sound Healing On the equinoxes, we experience almost equal lengths of day and night. Recognizing the rhythm of the seasons as a source of healing for our minds, bodies and hearts, Joy Evans will guide us through practices of noticing this seasonal moment of balance.

We begin our retreat at a beautiful Japanese garden (location and parking instructions disclosed upon registration) where you will be guided on a 90 minute - 2 hour forest bathing walk. This walk is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of psychological and physical health benefits. The pace is slow and the distance is short. The walk gently guides you through a series of invitations to connect deeply with your senses and build a reciprocal relationship with the more than human world. Each invitation is followed by an opportunity for reflection. Learn more about the benefits of forest therapy on Joy's website:

After the walk, we will gather at Dayaalu Center for a farm/forest-to-table vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free lunch lovingly prepared by Sue Steindorf to taste this moment of the season. We will close the day with a healing-centric practice of self-care as community care with a community sound healing. Allow the calming sounds of alchemy crystal singing bowls to support you in a deep practice of restorative rest as we tune into the energy of the equinox. With gently guided breathwork and nature imagery, together we will ground into sacred stillness. The sound/vibration/energy of alchemy crystal singing bowls can be impactful both physically on the mind/body and energetically on the subtle energy bodies. Joy will be moving around the studio to offer each person who attends a gentle energy clearing. Learn more about the benefits of sound healing on Joy’s website. Together we will reflect on what we need in our lives in order to feel balanced. Leave this retreat with a new crystal friend to support you. Please Note: sound healing should never cause any kind of physical pain. If you experience physical discomfort--for any reason--please be kind to your body by removing yourself from this community sound healing. No previous experience with forest bathing or sound healing required for this gathering. 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. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; is a certified sound healer and forest therapy guide; and just completed her third year of study with the School of Celtic Consciousness.

Joy welcomes folks from all backgrounds, especially LGBTQ+ and BIPOC to her in-person and virtual offerings. Connect with Joy for 1:1 sound healings at Dayaalu Center through her website Find Joy on YouTube:

Cost: $188 - $222 sliding scale A vegetarian farm/forest-to-table lunch is included Limited to 12 participants. Please register in advance to hold your spot. **This event will be held indoors at the Dayaalu Center, and in a nearby forest location. Masks are optional for all in-person classes and programs at Dayaalu.