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.
Kelly is a Certified Forest Therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides & Programs. She completed her training in August of 2018 followed by a six month practicum. She makes her home on Salt Spring Island and the Salish Sea with her three dogs, and surrounded by nature.
Kelly has been practicing and teaching the healing arts for over eighteen years and all of her life she has had a deep connection with trees. Thanks to the practice of forest therapy, she is also now a re-emerging visual artist.
She enjoys spending her days slowing down through meditation, yoga, walking her dogs, forest bathing, creating nature inspired art, writing, spending time outdoors in the garden, volunteering her time two days per week at Farm House Flowers, and quality time with her friends, family and animal companions. A nature connection walk with Kelly will leave you feeling relaxed, peaceful, and grounded!
To find out more about Kelly's visual nature inspired art work, please see website here.
"The feeling of well-being we get from spending time in the woods is more than psychological. Trees release antimicrobial chemicals in the the air called phytoncides to help defend themselves against harmful insects and germs. These chemicals are closely related to essential oils. That wonderfully intoxicating scent of cedar, for example, is the result of phytoncides. When we breathe the forest air, phytoncides stimulate our "natural killer cells," white blood cells in our bodies that attack tumors and viruses. So, when you walk among the trees, your immune system gets a boost from the trees' own medicine." ~Hannah Fries. Forest Bathing Retreat: find wholeness in the company of trees.
“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
― Mary Oliver
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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."