Forest & Nature Therapy with Peter Hehl & Kelly Kiss. Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, BC. Come walk with us...
Forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing. Shinrin-Yoku means to “bathe in the atmosphere of the forest” and is a term that was originally used by the Japanese government in the 1980”s, "to describe the practice of spending time in the woods to soak up its health benefits”. The Japanese have thoroughly researched and discovered many positive health benefits of spending time in nature. Research shows that if practiced regularly, forest “bathing” can improve your health, wellness and happiness!
Benefits of regular Forest Therapy Walks:
Decreases stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels.
Boosts the immune system by increasing natural killer cells.
Heightens mood and enhances creativity.
Improves sleep and increases energy levels.
Helps you to feel a greater sense of peace and calm.
Deepens your connection with yourself, others and the natural world around you.
Spending quiet, thoughtful time in the forest feels in many ways, like coming home to a peaceful place inside your heart. The practice of forest bathing is a form of guided nature meditation, an “immersion” into the space of trees, plants and the beings of the forest. It's not about getting to a place, rather it's about slowing down, and using your senses to mindfully notice and connect with the natural world, and yourself.
Look, touch, feel, smell, listen and taste. What are you noticing?
During a guided walk, we will offer you a series of “invitations” to help you to do this. You are then invited to do what feels comfortable to you. We merely hold the space for the deepening and connection to happen.
The forest is the therapist, and we are the guides.
To learn more about what to expect on a Forest Therapy walk, click here.
Introduction to Forest Therapy by the founder of ANFT, M.Amos Clifford
To schedule a one-on-one, family, couple, or private group walks, on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands or Vancouver Island, please contactus. Or see our upcoming scheduled walks.
YOUR FOREST THERAPY GUIDES
~dendrophile, someone who loves trees and forests.
"The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the doors." ~ANFT Founder M. Amos Clifford
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What participants Are Saying
"Please consider this experience to reconnect with yourself and nature (and beyond). The walk will exceed your expectations for finding peace and reflection. Peter is a wonderful, kind, insightful guide." March 2019, Comox, BC
"The experience was unbelievably rich and deep. I easily dropped deeply into presence and maintained that state throughout. So life affirming. The guide Kelly was so kind and steady and fully embodied the love and appreciation of nature and our connectedness." November 2018, Salt Spring, BC