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, BC.
Upcoming Forest Therapy walks on Salt Spring Island
4 Week Forest Therapy walk series
Meet 4 Sunday afternoons, 1-3:30pm May 16, 23, 30 & June 6 Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park Maximum 8 participants Self Investment: $140
Come and receive the benefits of a guided forest therapy experience with ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guides Kelly Kiss & Peter Hehl in a 4 week forest therapy walk series at beautiful Burgoyne Bay provincial park on Salt Spring Island.
If you would like to deepen your connection to yourself, want more energy, better health, creative inspiration in your life, or perhaps struggle with chronic stress, anxiety or depression, the regular practice of forest therapy can support 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 mindful “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.
Meeting every Sunday for 4 weeks, we will bring together the healing benefits of the forest and group support, to deepen our connection with ourselves, our health, our community and nature.
We invite you take time away from your busy schedules of family and work, for self care and reflection. During each walk you will be given different invitations to help you to slow down, and perhaps connect with nature and yourself in a way you have not experienced before. You will also be given time to journal for self reflection and healing.
Each walk is 2.5 hours and includes a series of different invitations to open-up your senses and become deeply immersed in your surroundings.
We will conclude our walks with a tea ceremony (featuring tea made with local plants), and snacks as well as time for journaling and reflection. Due to covid restrictions, we ask that you bring your own snacks and hot water for tea.
Perhaps come to this series with an intention of what you would like to receive, or just be open to being given whatever the forest and nature has to offer you.
Please register early as only 8 participants are permitted. Please contact us to register.
To schedule a one-on-one, family, couple, or private group walk, please contact us. We offer scheduled Forest Therapy walks on Salt Spring Island, Victoria and North Saanich, on Vancouver Island. However, we are able to create a unique forest therapy walk anywhere in nature, and would be delighted to design a personal experience for private groups for retreats, couples or families.
Experience Forest bathing at Ruckle Provincial Park or Burgoyne Bay Provincial park on Salt Spring Island. Ruckle is one of the most beautiful parks in BC, overlooking the Southern Gulf Islands and Salish Sea. Located within the oldest working farm in BC, amongst a west coast Rainforest, it features magnificent old growth trees, beautiful ocean views, eagles, herons, seals and many other nature beings. Visit the many farm stands and artisans on your way to the park!
Burgoyne Bay Park is located on the west side of Salt Spring Island and is adjacent to Mount Maxwell Park and Mount Maxwell Ecological Reserve. It is abundant in hiking trails with beautiful old growth Cedars, Douglas Fir and Garry Oaks, rocky shorelines with magnificent ocean views, and open grasslands abundant in native Rosehip and Hawthorn trees.
Self Investment for Private Walks Private group walks: $40 per person (3-9 participants); $35 per person (10-19 participants); $25 per person (20+) Private single or couple walk (1-2 persons): $120.
Walks are 2.5 to 3 three hours in duration depending on group size.
For those individuals who are interested in a walk but are in need of financial assistance please contact us. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions that you may have!
For all Forest Therapy walks, 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, and dressing in layers, are all highly recommended for your comfort. You may also want a water bottle and a small mat or towel to sit on.
Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC
Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC
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What participants Are Saying
"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
"If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand." Buddha