Forest & Nature Therapy walks with Kelly Kiss & Peter Hehl, ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guides. Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island (Saanich), BC.
Forest Therapy Walks, Saanich, BC The following are some suggested parks to experience forest therapy in the Saanich area. However, we are able to create a unique anywhere in nature, so please contact us if you are interested in a private couple or group walk.
Coles Bay Regional park, is a quiet, small park located just outside of Victoria, between Brentwood Bay and Deep Cove in North Saanich. Walk a short distance through a canopy of native Douglas Fir, Cedar, Black Hawthorn, and Arbutus trees to Coles Bay, and enjoy beautiful views of the Saanich Inlet!
John Dean Provincial Park, is situated on top of Mount Newton on southern Vancouver Island, and overlooks the pastoral Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. This beautiful park protects one of the last remining of old-growth Douglas fir and Garry oak on the Saanich Peninsula.
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, encompasses nearly the entire east side of Saanich Inlet, stretching from Goldstream to Brentwood Bay and the world-famous Butchart Gardens. The Gowlland Range is a particularly rich area of biodiversity, with more than 150 individual animal and plant species identified and the protected area preserves a rare, dry coastal Douglas fir habitat that features grassy meadows, rocky knolls and old-growth forest.
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Please dress for the weather. In the summer months a hat and sunscreen is recommended, as well as a light jacket as the forested areas can still be cool even in warm weather. Please also wear appropriate foot wear, as the trails where we are walking my be uneven in some areas. In the colder months gloves, hats, scarves, rain wear and warm footwear are all highly recommended for your comfort. You may also want a water bottle and a small mat or towel to sit on.
COLES BAY REGIONAL PARK driving directions. Follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria, and take the West Saanich Road exit. From West Saanich Road, turn left on Ardmore Drive and left again on Inverness Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 30 minutes driving time from Victoria.
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"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."
"Find the time! It is worth the investment to understand how you can benefit from listening and smelling the forest!"
"Necessary for love and interconnection with Gaia. Thank you. Was held with great respect. Really glad to be here."
"An exploration and insight into, nature but also of myself. Gratitude." "I think everyone would benefit to experience the calming effect of a therapy forest walk."