I’ve been a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide since 2018.
Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which loosely 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.
Nature and Forest therapy Guides build on those benefits and look beyond, to what happens when people remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.
My experience as a guide started 30 years ago when I was a horseback trail guide in Jasper, Alberta, and then Australia. I felt so lucky to be able to work with animals and be in nature on a daily basis. My experiences during that time left an indelible mark on me. I find it hard to put into words, but I remember riding through the forest one morning and thinking about how many people were sitting at their desks in office buildings in the City. I felt so lucky and grateful to be immersed in nature - especially as it was part of my job. I realized then how much I wanted to find a way to bring this kind of experience to people.
I went on to become a walking tour guide in Italy, and although the emphasis was on eating and drinking, the effect that the natural world had on people during these walks, was life altering for some.
I am not a therapist, I am your guide. The practice is called Nature and Forest Therapy because of the preventative and healing benefits that the natural world can provide for your mental and physical health.
I hope you'll join me for one of my Virtual Nature and Forest Therapy experiences soon.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Virtual Forest Bathing walks are on weekends or holidays, but can be arranged for other days in advance. Private group virtual walks can be arranged as well. Feel free to contact me with any questions, inquiries, or to schedule.