We move slowly, quiet our minds, and awaken our senses to the experience of being in the forest.
Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which is described as an immersion in the atmosphere of the forest.
A walk is usually 2.5 hours long, but may be 1.5 or 3 hours. We move slowly, pause often and don't go far, so a high level of fitness isn't necessary. Some walks are on wheelchair-accessible trails. After you register, we'll let you know what to bring, what to wear, and we'll inquire about allergies or health concerns.
We meet up and head together down the trail. The Guide leads a sequence of invitations, for solo discovery or sometimes in pairs. These may be an opportunity to tune in to a particular sense -- sight, sound, hearing, touch. You may be invited to notice light and shadow, rhythms and patterns; to hold a question as you walk or sit in silence. The guide periodically calls everyone together and offers the opportunity to share observations participants bring back from their explorations. There is no obligation to speak.
We end the walk by sharing tea and snacks and any final reflections.
"Many of us have become alienated from the Earth... We work too hard, our lives are too busy, and we are restless and distracted...
But the Earth is always there for us, offering us everything we need for our nourishment and healing."
- Thich Nhat Hanh. Click here for full article.
Time among the trees with a Forest Therapy Guide
helps you you live life fully, in each moment.
De-stress and connect with the healing power of nature
on a Forest Wellness Walk, workshop or retreat.
Boost your physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being.
Learn how to make the most of your time in nature.
Be inspired by the personal stories of people who have discovered the powerful benefits of time in nature.
Walks for private groups, public events and organizations.