Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called"shinrin yoku," which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.
A Forest Therapy Guide facilitates safe gentle walks, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence.
Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place.
Next come a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants.
These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot.
The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.
Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.
During these walks people experience the therapeutic power of the forest. The forest itself is the therapist. By slowing people down and facilitating sensory experiencing, guides open the doorways through which the forest can accomplish its healing work. ~ Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs
Guided Forest Therapy Walk: Reconnect With Mother Earth
Surrounded by the sensual ambiance of the forest, we have the opportunity sink into a deep calm space, that opens us to the physical, emotional and mental nurturing energy nature provides. The results speak for themselves when you start experiencing better relationships with yourself, others and nature. I invite you to join us for a new and expanding way to enjoy the forest as a group. It is slow…it is mindful…it is healing…and it can expand your heart, your creativity and your relationships. The world will be a better place when everyone is connected to nature!