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Come join Peter Hehl and Kelly Kiss, ANFT Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guides, to discover “Forest Bathing”, what it is, along with its health and wellness benefits. We will start off with a one-hour discussion, followed by a two-hour forest therapy walk.
Reconnect with yourself and nature through a mindful walk in the beautiful Gardens at HCP. Peter and Kelly will offer you a unique “forest bathing” experience, an “immersion” into the space of trees, plants and the beings of the forest and gardens. Forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing. Shinrin-Yoku means to “bathe in the atmosphere of the forest” and is a term that was originally used by the Japanese government in the 1980’s, to describe the practice of spending time in nature to soak up its health benefits. If practiced regularly, “forest bathing” may improve your health, wellness and happiness! After a walk, participants have noticed that they feel calmer, more peaceful and more relaxed.
During a guided walk, Peter and Kelly will offer you a series of “invitations” or suggestions, to help you to slow down and connect with your senses. You are then invited to do what feels comfortable to you. They merely hold the space for the deepening and connection to happen. The forest is the therapist, and we are the guides. Moving slowly over a gentle landscape, the practice of forest therapy is accessible to people of all fitness levels, ages and abilities. All guided forest therapy walks are then concluded with a final gathering, where we share tea brewed with local plants, and a light healthy snack. For more information please see website at: www.salishseaforesttherapy.ca
Saturday, October 12:
Talk Only – 10:00am – 11:00am – $5.00
Walk & Talk – 10:00am – 1:00pm – $40.00
Peter and Kelly make their home on Salt Spring Island and are both Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guides through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy rograms. Peter’s passion for nature includes over twelve years working as a park ranger for BC Parks, and spent his earlier years canoeing, hiking, and exploring the forests of Northern Ontario. Kelly has been practicing and teaching the healing arts for over eighteen years. All of her life she has had a deep connection with trees.
A nature connection walk with Peter and Kelly will leave you feeling relaxed, peaceful, grounded and more alive!