April 7 Hana Matsuri Family Day Hike
April 7 Hana Matsuri Family Day Hike

April 7 Hana Matsuri Family Day Hike

This free event for families will involve a short hike in Ludington State Park as part of our commemoration of the birth of the Buddha (Hana Matsuri), which is traditionally celebrated in Japan on April 8.  This event is for everyone (including young children), regardless of experience with Zen, and participants need not be practitioners.  The route to be taken will be based on the age and abilities of all participants and will offer opportunities for mindful walking, shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”), photography, and physical exercise!  Children will have an opportunity at the end of the hike to decorate a small house with flowers and give the baby Buddha a ceremonial bath!

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form by no later than April 4.