Forest Bathing Next to the Union River

Shep Erhart, Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Founder of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, will be leading the walk.

Reconnect to nature and your five senses with a slow walk through the woods along the river in Ellsworth. Calm your mind and nervous system. This 1.5-hour stroll starts with connecting to our bodies, breath, and sensations in the present moment. Then, participants are offered suggestions to explore the natural connection to their environment through touch, sight, sound, taste, or smell. There will be opportunities for silence, sharing and a final herbal tea ceremony; all help build trust, community, and direct connection to the world around us. Forest bathing is a traditional Japanese practice beneficial to all ages and abilities.

This walk’s facilitator is Shep Erhart, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Franklin resident, and founder of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables.


The Ellsworth Riverwalk, located behind the Ellsworth Public Library on State Street, travels along the Union River to an ADA-accessible overlook. However, after the ADA-accessible overlook, the trail is narrow and not ADA or wheelchair accessible.

Starting Location:

Starting behind the Ellsworth Public Library, the trail is a short, easy walk along the Union River. The first 165-feet of the trail are ADA accessible, ending at an overlook where visitors can stop, relax, and take in a view of the river. Parking is available along State Street or at City Hall.

Ending Location:

This trail is an out and back.
20 State Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

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  • 03 - Good Health and Well-Being

May 4, 2024 / 10:00 AM

Led by: Shep Erhart
Organization: Heart of Ellsworth
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Ellsworth
County: Hancock
Language(s): English