Forest Therapy For Me offers several ways to Experience Forest Therapy; Traditional Forest Therapy (Forest Bathing) Walks, Personalized Forest Therapy Walks, Intro to Forest Therapy, and Sit Spot Practice Building
Traditional Forest Therapy Walks
A Forest Therapy Walk is a 2.5 to 3 hour walk lead by a trained guide who “Opens the Door” for the participants to experience the Forest and deeply connect. The Forest is the therapist. Forest Therapy Walks are about slowing down and connecting in an intimate and sensory way with the more than human world in a forest/natural setting. The guide provides prompts for a fun and easy exploration of one’s own connections with nature allowing individuals to develop their own personal knowing. Forest Therapy For Me walks allow for a maximum of 12 participants and do not include children or pets. Ages late teen to 100, no experience needed, no special physical abilities involved. CLICK HERE FOR HEALTH AND WAIVER FORMS. Walks can be custom designed for your personal or professional group and there are walks for the general public. Costs vary according to location/venue of walk. (See Upcoming Events)
Personalized Forest Therapy Walks
This is an opportunity to access the therapeutic support of nature/the forest in a way that is designed for a solo experience. This experience begins with a half hour meet and greet session with Maggie two weeks prior to the personalized walk. The personalized walk will then be a two-hour experience with the Forest as the Therapist and Maggie as the Guide. In total, Maggie spends 2.5 hours with you and 1 hour prepping the walk.
Introduction to Forest Therapy
This is a brief 45 minute “sampling” of what is offered on the standard 2.5- 3 hour experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of the essence of Forest Therapy and experience slowing down and noticing. This offering works well for workshops or retreats which have limited time slots and for wintery days when temperatures are low.
Sit Spot Practice Building
Sit Spot Practice is a beautiful and powerful method of “being” in connection with the more than human world. It involves identifying a place that is easily accessible and comfortable in nature where you can sit by yourself for 20 minutes or more. Many people select a place in their yard or near their work space. The practice is to just “Notice what you are Noticing…or just be”. It is a form of mindfulness which allows for a slow reveal of all the beings around you and the marvels of the world. It can even be a space as limited as the size of hula hoop. The objective is to “be” in that space at least 3 times a week and to allow the space to get to know you and you to get to know the space. There is no right or wrong to this practice. The Forest Therapy Walk is a great way to experience this practice as it is often an invitation within the walk.