"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
As a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, I will guide you on a slow quiet walk and offer invitations to pause and notice your surroundings. Each invitation is part of a sequence to help you connect with nature in a meaningful, healing way. We will walk about 1 kilometre and sit often. This is not a hike and does not require a lot of physical exertion. I will serve a very small nut-free snack at the end, so please let me know of any allergies.
"The forest is the therapist; the guide opens the door."
Consider enjoying a forest bathing walk in each season.
Changing light, falling leaves, crisper air, no bugs remind us of the poignant transition between seasons. This is a meaningful time to reflect on the past summer and move with clarity into the fall.
Comfy clothing, water, a sit-upon (optional), and a small backpack carrying extra layers are recommended.
Saturday September 21
(celebrating the Autumn Equinox)
Sunday September 29
Forest Bathing and Medicine Walk
as part of Culture Days, Barrie
Chief Jeff Monague and I will combine an introduction to
Forest Bathing and a Medicine Walk
Sunnidale Park, Barrie
(Please note: this is a free walk, but registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday October 6
Gratitude and Thanks
Springwater Park, Ontario Rd 26, Midhurst
Private Group or Private Individual walks, Corporate Wellness Walks, Team-building,
Celebrations of Lives well lived,
Births, Milestones or Special Events
or Family Gatherings
can be arranged
at your convenience.
Or check out Forest Bathing with me through
Airbnb Experiences /Barrie/Forest Bathing
or on Facebook at Forest Bathing With Beth
"A forest bathing walk is a gift you give to yourself.
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.
"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
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