"Simply being present in the natural world--with all our senses fully alive--can have a remarkably healing effect. It can also awaken in us our latent but profound connection with all living things. This is 'forest bathing', a practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. It is a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature and an antidote to our nature-starved lives that can heal our relationship with the more-than-human world."
M. Amos Clifford-Your Guide to Forest Bathing
"Between every two pine trees is a doorway leading to a new life."--John Muir
Are you ready to continue your journey of discovery, restoration and increased wellness under the forest canopy? Are you keen to relax and de-stress in a natural environment? As a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, I would be honoured to guide you on a slow quiet walk, to offer invitations to pause, notice and engage more deeply with your surroundings through all your senses.
Walks are slow and short--about 1 km in three hours!
"The forest is the therapist; the guide opens the door."
"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”
"It's the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!”
Winnie the Pooh in Pooh's Grand Adventure”
Autumn and all its majesty has arrived, offering opportunities to slow down and watch the leaves turn. During these uncertain times, prioritizing mental health by exploring strategies to shift from a stressful state to a resilient state is hugely beneficial. The simple act of focusing on your senses while in nature in a mindful way for 20 minutes will have a powerful effect on your brain and nervous system.Upcoming guided Forest Bathing walks will allow you to celebrate autumn’s beauty as well as contributing to your inner resources of calm and well-being. A forest bathing walk will help you tap into the medicine of being in the forest so you can switch out of survival and into calm and clarity.
Physical distancing guidelines will be followed.
This is a wonderful opportunity to step out with those in your bubble, by creating your own group, or to come alone and meet new people.
Maximum group size is 7 plus me.
Forest Bathing Walks will be in Sunnidale Park, Barrie, Ontario, except Wednesday September 23 in Springwater Park, Midhurst.
Upcoming opportunities to immerse yourself in the restorative, healing energy of the resplendent autumn woods:
Wednesday September 23 (at Springwater Park) 1:00-4:00 (FULL)
Friday September 25 1:00-4:00
Saturday September 26 1:00-4:00
Sunday September 27 10:00am-1:00pm
Monday September 28 10:00am-1:00pm (Very Limited)
Wednesday September 30 10:00am-1:00pm
Friday October 1 1:00-4:00
Saturday October 3 10:00am-1:00pm
Sunday October 4 1:00-4:00pm
Wednesday October 7 1:00-4:00pm
Friday October 9 1:00-4:00pm
Wednesday October 14 1:00-4:00
Sunday October 18 1:00-4:00pm (FULL)
Wednesday October 21 1:00-4:00pm
See you when the snow flies!
$30.00 per person/Teachers are free.
(Please contact me directly if a teacher, rather than registering through eventbrite.)
Until we meet again, please celebrate
this new season of bounty and harvest
in whatever way calms and restores you!
Check out this article by Andi Curtis about Forest Bathing
on the Winter Solstice:
and this incredible conference with Children's Wellness International
and my partnership with Quiet Parks International
and the free self-guided Forest Bathing Trail I designed for Scandinave Spa https://www.scandinave.com/blue-mountain/en/forest-bathing/
Consider the gift to yourself of a Forest Bathing walk
specifically designed for
Corporate Events and Rewards, Retreats, Celebrations of Lives Well-lived, Birthdays, Milestones for an individual or Family, for Friends.
Allow me to guide you on a walk created just for you.
Because life is busy, and sometimes we need to step out of the fast lane just to re-centre, relax and restore, giving yourself a breather in the woods can be the perfect antidote to "too much going on." I am fully certified through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, as well as a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, and would love to guide you to a quieter calmer place.
Whether you need to problem-solve, unwind, be creative or replenish your soul, peace and restoration in nature awaits. With decades of interest and experience in outdoor education, counselling, drama and improv, I look forward to guiding you to a peaceful place, both inwardly and externally.
I met with Beth after a 2 day solo road trip for my mental health and instantly felt a sense of peace and calm when I completed the Nature Bath. Beth is extremely knowledgeable in the background of Nature Bathing, where it comes from and even the acknowledgement of the land we were standing on. Beth’s kind and calming demeanour will absol
I met with Beth after a 2 day solo road trip for my mental health and instantly felt a sense of peace and calm when I completed the Nature Bath. Beth is extremely knowledgeable in the background of Nature Bathing, where it comes from and even the acknowledgement of the land we were standing on. Beth’s kind and calming demeanour will absolutely make you feel positive. I encourage everyone to try this experience at least once!-Jaylyn (August 2020)
"I had an amazing time on my first forest bathing experience with Beth. She was the perfect and most gracious and accommodating guide. Knowledgeable too. Equal parts adventure and tranquility. Really great stuff. I slept like a baby the night of. I can’t wait to visit these woods again this coming fall with Beth and maybe others!"--Julia (July 2020)
It was an incredible experience to be bathed under the forest canopy and also within your delightful essence. Taking time to have reverence for the forest and remembering the magic that it offers us filled up my heart. So many insights bubbled up while in communication with the forest elements helping me with my transition in life!
I had a great sleep last night and have a full healthy feeling of groundedness and calmness in my body and heart today!
You will see me again and can't wait to share this with others!
In heartfelt gratitude,
Tanya Armstrong DH
Certified Nia and Yoga Teacher,
Mindfulness Facilitator and
Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher."--June 2020
"You’re giving yourself a gift by saying yes to Beth’s Forest Bathing experience. You’ll feel refreshed, renewed, reflective and just plain happy that you were part of this. I was a ‘hesitant’ participant first time round knowing nothing about what this entailed. As a bit of a Type A person, I thought it might feel like a long time in the woods, not covering much distance, but with the gentle ‘invitations’ to be fully present of our surroundings, to use our senses more deeply and to be mindful of our own connections, the time flew by. Beth is a skilled facilitator with the ability to sense the needs of both groups and individuals. This is an experience for people whether they already spend a lot of time in nature or not. It can be either a reminder of, or an introduction to the role it can play in our lives. I’ve been lucky to be part of a summer ‘bathe’ and now a glorious winter experience - both deeply rewarding. Besides what the forest itself provides, Beth’s friendly, warm, positive and infectious spirit makes it all more than worthwhile. Give yourself the gift!"--Rebecca-February, 2019 -
I am the first ANFT Trail Certification Consultant in Canada!
Check out the beautiful self-guided trail at
Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountains (https://www.scandinave.com/blue-mountain/en/forest-bathing/
If a self-guided trail would enhance your business direction or tweaks your curiousity, please contact me for a free consultation.
Create a group of up to 15 participants and be guided for three hours according to your own schedule. A great way to celebrate special events and milestones!
Enjoy the benefits of a private one-to-one walk tailored to your time and place.
Join a group of others interested in exploring forest bathing on a scheduled walk.
Include the flexibility of shorter walks tailored for multiple groups and question-and-answer or information sessions on the documented health benefits of Forest Bathing.
Do you have a question about one of my walks?
Are you wondering if this is for you?
Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada