Unplug and unwind as you connect with nature and the ‘more than human world’ in this immersive sensory experience.
This is not a strenuous hike in the woods, but rather a gentle, leisurely walk designed to allow time and stress to melt away as you sink comfortably into the peace of presence that nature can provide.
What is Forest Therapy?
Forest Therapy is a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in forests and other environments to promote the well-being of both people and the land. It is inspired by Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of “Forest Bathing.” In Forest Bathing, people spend time in forested areas to enhance health, wellness, and happiness.
In Forest Therapy, people are guided through a clearly defined sequence of invitations to slow down, allow the senses to open, and experience the environment to deepen the reciprocal relationship between participants and the forest. This supports the wholeness and well-being of both. These Slow Walks in the Forest are typically one mile or less long and fit for all ages and physical conditions.
Invitations are open-ended. There is no expectation for what participants should experience or receive. Rather, participants spend time in silence, listening and feeling with a quiet and accepting presence. They become reconnected with their senses and their innate creative potential is tapped, which allows the imagination to awaken.
“Human health is intricately linked to the health of our planet. As you deepen your personal relationship with the natural world, you become more aware of your role in the web of life. Then perhaps you’ll start to fall in love with yourself, others, and the world in a new way.”Jackie Kaung, Association of Forest & Nature Therapy
What to Expect
In a safe and welcoming environment, you’ll be guided through a series of invitations that will allow you to tune into your surroundings and explore nature through your senses.
We will have opportunities to share our experiences with each other, and I’ll share some practices at the end for you to try on your own at home by yourself or with friends.
There is no lack of scientific data that proves that intentional time in nature can improve both physical and mental health & well-being. Many people find that they experience; a sense of deep relaxation, renewed connection with themselves, slower and deeper breathing, slowing of heart rate, and heightened feelings of creativity, focus, and awareness.
Each walk provides a totally unique experience for everyone.
This experience is suitable for all fitness levels.