Experience Forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) at beautiful Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island. Ruckle park over looks the Swanson Channel in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. During a Forest Therapy walk you will be offered a series of invitations to open your senses and help you to slow down --connecting with yourself and the natural world. We will end the walk with a tea ceremony that includes healthy snacks and tea from local plants. Walk, discover, connect. Come walk with us!
We will meet at the day use area of Ruckle Provincial park. Drive all the way into the park past the farm to the very end of road and into the day use area. We will be waiting in front of a yellow gate and parking area. 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.
These walks are being offered in partnership with Salt Spring Island Parks & Recreation. Please click on the link below to be taken to their registration page. Each walk is listed by date under Adult: Fitness, Body & Mind. We look forward to walking with you!
Pre-scheduled group walks: $45 per person Private group walks: $45 per person (minimum 4 participants) Private couple walk: $150 Private Individual walk: $120
Walks are 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 a tea ceremony, which features tea made with 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