Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, which translates to "forest bathing."
Spending time in nature makes us feel better. Science is now supporting what we have intuitively known for many years. The process of deepening our relationship with nature actually reduces our stress responses, improves our immune system, increases creativity and improves our mood.
At Kawartha Conservation, our program involves immersing oneself in the forest atmosphere and exploring the forest using our senses. By dropping out of our heads and into our senses we invite healing interactions for ourselves and the forest.
Our Forest Therapy Guide, Kristie Virgoe, is certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). She is trained in the program framework to provide a safe space to help participants explore ways of deepening their relationship with nature in a way that is uniquely meaningful to them. In this practice, “the forest is the therapist and the guide opens the door.”
Our Forest Therapy walks are 3 hours in length and in this time we may only travel 1.5km. You can expect a very slow and mindful experience with a lot of stillness. They trails are selected specifically to provide opportunities to gather and share as well as to wander and explore.
Join us for a walk.
September 8, 2018 – Ken Reid Conservation Area 9am-Noon
October 20, 2018 – Durham East Cross Forest 9am - Noon