Forest therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic practice that guides participants into a forest environment through a series of connection invitations. It is also known as forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku in Japanese. In Japan, it dates back thousands of years, as forests are revered in their culture.
The concept of slowing down to the moment, embracing that we are still members of the animal kingdom and remain connected to it is critical for our long-term survival and all those we share it with. The practice focuses on sensory restoration and inner relaxation. It is a gentle, undemanding practice in the forest or along a forest trail. Benefits abound, but most are attributed to the interaction and relationship between the client and the forest. The forest therapy guide utilizes proven, best teaching practices. However, remember as with the banya, the idea of either activity is getting back to the basics. Keep this concept in mind before you begin.
A session typically lasts 2.5 – 4 hours following the Standard Flow model. Participants experience “being in the moment”, self-discovery and a technological disconnect (detox session). Leave all devices in your vehicle!
How one interprets and accepts an “invitation” is the key. After each, there will be group time (aka council) where in small circles and those willing to share their experiences voice them with others in a non-threatening open forum. Note: no one will ever be forced to participate in council. It is strictly on a volunteer basis. However, with this medium of opportunity, group members through the support of others, attain a deeper understanding of the pleasurable experiences. They act as a gateway into the relaxation of the body, the mind and enhance their connection with the forest. It is a natural form of self-healing and personal growth.
Typically, participants feel more relaxed and have greater clarity about their lives during and after a forest therapy session. You might be surprised with your heightened sensory capabilities.
$40/participant. A minimum of 4 is required for a walk to be planned. Groups of up to 20 can be accommodated.