WALK WITH ME
I have always been connected to nature, in ways that are much different than the ways I connect to the human world. As a student of nature and an all-around nature enthusiast, I explore as I sit, meander and hike, taking big grand adventures and aimlessly following the landscape on a walk around the neighborhood. My training as a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, has provided me with the tools to offer this connection outwardly, to anyone that is willing to walk with me.
Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku" or "Forest Bathing", refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice focuses on the idea that is beneficial and healing to spend time simply breathing in the natural world.
...WALK. SIT. LISTEN. SEE. FEEL. SMELL. BREATHE. BE...
If we are willing to pause the stories, the labels, and just be, you might find that all beings and experiences in nature can also offer a kind of mirror - a reflection of something about ourselves, something we may not be able to see in our thoughts, actions or being, or something that serves our journey. It's all there. The question is whether we are willing to be open to receive the wisdom.
Whether you are already connected to nature (the more-than-human-world) or seek to feel or strengthen that connection and the benefits that come from such a partnership, I welcome you. Explore this page - its words, images, and videos - and if you feel so inclined, consider joining one of my walks to see what you might notice by simply slowing down, tuning into your senses, and connecting to what is alive around you.
* I currently serve the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy community as a certified guide, a trainer and coach for new guides, a trail certification consultant, and the trail certification program coordinator. *