Forest Therapy Guided Walk
Please Join me for a Forest Therapy Guided Walk!
On a forest therapy guided walk you will be invited to activate all your senses to foster an immersive experience with the natural world.
Unwind, Explore, Connect
Forest immersion, also called forest bathing and forest therapy, is a slow ramble through the forest fully present and experiencing the world with all our senses. For many it is profoundly relaxing; an opportunity to connect deeply with nature. We’ll start with a gentle outward-facing meditation followed by a series of simple invitations to explore the forest through different senses. A walk is an opportunity to just be in the present moment leaving words behind and becoming fully aware of ‘the more than human world’.
Please note, this is not a hike. Total distance is typically less than a half mile. There is uneven footing which is generally found on a walk through the forest.
This practice originates in Japan where it is called Shinrin Yoku. There have been many scientific studies documenting the benefits of time spent moving slowly through the forest.
The walk includes an orientation, invitations to activities that may include independent wandering and sitting interspersed with the opportunity to share. A special tea ceremony with snacks is held at the conclusion. I will provide mats or stools. Walks are held rain or shine.
Length: 2-3 hours, clear skies to moderate rain.
Time: Daily--mid morning or early afternoon.
Locations: Walks can be scheduled at Sebago Lake Land Reserve in Standish, Clifford Park in Biddeford, Two Lights or Crescent Beach State Parks in Cape Elizabeth, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth or Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal (near Freeport). Other locations are possible provided permission to lead a walk on the property is granted by the land owner. This is often possible on state and town parks and lands. Properties that are privately held or owned by nonprofit organizations are also possible on a case by case basis.
January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023
$45 per person 2-3 hour walk twelve or more participants
$50 per person 2-3 hour walk, seven to eleven participants
$55 per person 2-3 hour walk two - six participants
$85 per person2-3 hours one participant.
Available daily based on availability. Must be reserved
a minimum of three days in advance.
Half day and full day flat rates provided upon request. These are generally used when the cost of the walk is paid for by an organization and individuals participate at no cost.
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Everyone is welcome!
The forests, mountains, lakes and oceans are our ancestral homes. I believe they are part of your home regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or culture. My heart tells me this: and I am absolutely certain nature would agree. If you are interested in coming on a walk; then I am delighted to be your guide.