Research has indicated that spending time in nature not only strengthens human immune response and reduces stress, but also makes us more creative, mindful, and content in our lives.
The beauty of Forest Therapy is that it connects humans and nature, so that both benefit from a renewed relationship.
“The forest is the therapist and the Guide opens the doors.”
Inspired by the Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku (translated to forest bathing), the general philosophy of Forest Therapy is that it is beneficial to spend time ‘bathing’ one’s senses in the atmosphere of the forest.
Programs were introduced to North America by the California-based Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Program (ANFT), and has been introduced into Ontario, with the the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority leading Conservation Authorities by having an accredited guide and programming.
In the spring of 2018, Kawartha Conservation also launched their Forest Bathing program with an accredited guide and other Conservation Authorities are following suit.
Who is Forest Therapy For?
Put simply, anyone and everyone can benefit from a deeper, and more profound connection to nature and the holistic health benefits that come from such a powerful relationship.
Guides are trained in the framework of Forest Therapy and provide a safe space to help participants slow down and be open to whatever therapeutic qualities the forest has to offer.
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