Join us for a transformational walk. Nature and Forest Therapy is a different kind of immersion in nature than you may have experienced in the past – it is not a fitness hike, it is not a naturalist-led point-and-name tour, nor is it psychotherapy in a natural setting – instead, it is a series of guided invitations that will awaken your senses, encourage you to take in nature at a much slower pace than you’re probably accustomed to, and enliven a more conscious connection with the inherent healing properties of nature.
We will be together for three hours, mostly silent, giving one another space, and will cover just about a mile and half over generally flat surfaces. We encourage you consider going without your mobile cellular devices for the duration – but this is not required and is solely dependent on your comfort level. Throughout the walk, we will be providing multiple “invitations.” These invitations are just that – they are not assignments nor exercises – there is no “right way” to do them, there are no gold stars. However you personally respond to the invitations is exactly how the invitations should be received. If you’re uncomfortable with a specific invitation, feel free to modify it in a way that works for you. At the end of each invitation exploration, we’ll gather and share a few words. It’s okay if you’d like to pass on sharing – sharing is always optional.
- Our destinations are public places; solitude from other visitors is not expected nor guaranteed.
- Please dress appropriately for the weather. Rain heightens the senses, so we will continue to walk in the rain unless there is lightning and thunder. If it’s just a simple passing thundercloud, we’ll wait it out in our cars and continue as soon as it passes. If we end up under severe weather watch or warning, we’ll cancel our walk and reschedule as soon as possible.
- Be prepared for possible sun burn, insect bites, or allergy conditions. Where appropriate please bring necessary repellents, weather protection, and medications.
- While we will not be in the remote wilderness, access to drinkable water and restrooms may be limited. Please be prepared to carry enough water to stay hydrated during our time together. The Welcome Letter all participants receive three days before the walk will detail the facilities available (or facilitrees in case of remote public restrooms).