Forest & Nature Therapy walks with Peter Hehl & Kelly Kiss. ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guides. Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, BC.
Upcoming Scheduled Forest Therapy Walks Sept 8 (Sunday) 1-2pm Free Talk Learn what forest therapy is, the health benefits of this practice, and how it is quickly spreading throughout the world! This talk will be held at the portlock on Salt Spring Island. Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island Sep, 15, 22, Oct 6, 13 (Sun) 1-3:30pm
To schedule a one-on-one, family, couple, or private group walk, please contact us.
We are currently offering 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 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!
We are also offering a walk at Coles Bay park in North Saanich. This quiet, small park is 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!
Private group walks: $45 per person (3-9 participants); $35 per person (10-19 participants); $25 per person (20+) Private couple walk: $150 Private Individual walk: $120
Walks are 2 1/2 to 3 three hours in duration.
For those individuals who are interested in a walk but are in need of financial assistance please contact us.
What Happens on a Forest Bathing Walk?
Forest bathing walks are not a naturalist walk or a hike. There is no plant or animal identification, and no agenda. Walks move slowly over a gentle landscape and are usually 1 km or less in length. For this reason the practice of forest therapy is accessible to people of all fitness levels, ages and abilities. Our walks are typically between two and three hours in length. Peter and Kelly will offer you a series of invitations to open-up your senses and become deeply immersed in your surroundings. Invitations are a method that guides use to help participants find their connection with the natural world and the healing powers of the forest. We help participants to slow down, become more mindful and assist in creating a deeper connection with self, others, and nature beings. Your experience will always be personal to you, and invitations are just suggestions to help you interact with the forest in a unique way. All guided forest therapy walks are then concluded with the sharing of tea brewed from local plants, and healthy snacks. This final offering further strengthens our sense of community and connection.
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.
What Participants are Saying: "Find the time! It is worth the investment to understand how you can benefit from listening and smelling the forest!" Jan 2019 "Necessary for love and interconnection with Gaia. Thank you. Was held with great respect. Really glad to be here." Jan 2019 "An exploration and insight into, nature but also of myself. Gratitude." Jan 2019 "I think everyone would benefit to experience the calming effect of a therapy forest walk." Jan 2019
"As you walk through the forest, feel your own body react and respond. Invite the forest through your senses."
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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