Forest Therapy Walks Salt Spring Island, Victoria & vancouver Island, BC
Forest & Nature Therapy walks with Kelly Kiss, ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) on Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, BC.
Forest Bathing Walks
Come and receive the benefits of a guided forest therapy experience with ANFT Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guide Kelly Kiss. 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.
Experience the healing benefits of the forest while deepening your connection with yourself and nature. 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.
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. Currently I am offering private group guided forest therapy walks anywhere in nature and am willing to travel if there are enough participants.
Perfect for wellness and work retreats, quality time with a partner, friends or family!Private walks for 1-4 people can be booked online Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like a different day of the week, or a group larger than four, please contact me directly to see availability. Forty eights hours advance notice if possible. Please see private walk page, or contact me for more information and availability.
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. For your comfort, please also wear appropriate foot wear. In the colder months gloves, hats, scarves, rain wear and warm footwear are all highly recommended. You may also want a water bottle and a small mat or towel to sit on.
The Gardens at HCP, Victoria, BC
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.
Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC
Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC
"As you walk through the forest, feel your own body react and respond. Invite the forest through your senses."
Keep up-to-date on upcoming forest bathing walks on Salt Spring Island & Vancouver Island!
"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."