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    Jeff Brogan, a Registered Maine Guide, leads a forest bathing walk at Kenyon Hill Preserve in South Berwick. The practice of intentionally spending time in the forest for health and wellness benefits comes from Japan, and is new in Maine and the East Coast.

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    During a forest bathing exercise, Jeff Brogan uses a small pond at Kenyon Hill Preserve as a spot to give an invitation, a place for visitors to stop for a period of time for reflection and deep thought.

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    Jeff Brogan leads a forest bathing walk at Kenyon Hill Preserve. The first "invitational" is to awaken all of the senses, including touch.

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    Jeff Brogan takes a moment to stretch as he offers a movement or gesture to the space during a forest bathing exercise at Kenyon Hill Preserve.

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    One of the "invitationals" during a forest bathing exercise is slowly walking through the woods, taking extra time to observe all of the things in motion around you, like a small fern moving in the wind.

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    Jeff Brogan silently sits by a small pond for about 10 minutes during one of the "invitationals" in a forest bathing exercise at Kenyon Hill Preserve.

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