Forest Therapy Walks
A 2.5-hour immersion into the beauty of nature
A Deeper Experience
As humans, we have an innate connection to nature. You can feel it when you pay attention.
Medical doctors and researchers around the world agree that spending time in nature provides many benefits. Birdsong calms our nervous system, fresh air cleanses our lungs, and natural landscapes are easily processed by our vision and help us to relax.
We have a connection with nature in the anatomy of our physical body – but it also flows deeper than this.
Have you ever been moved by an experience in nature?
Maybe you’ve gotten teary as you looked out on a vast and beautiful landscape.
Maybe you’ve felt your heart flutter at the sight of a forest in its full fall colors, or spring flowers in bloom.
How many happy memories do you have of watching a sunset?
The felt connection is real. The process of remembering it starts with slowing down and giving our attention to the natural world around us.
It is a journey. We’d love to support you on yours!
Join us for monthly forest therapy walks to slow down, connect and nourish your sense of relationship with the world around you.
Sunday, August 16, 3:00-5:30pm.
Cascade Peace Park
8900 Grand River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301
What to Expect
During this experience, you will be gently guided through a forest therapy walk that follows a “standard sequence,” as designed by one of the global leaders in forest therapy guiding: The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).
The ANFT sequence provides a strong framework to help us slow down, awaken our senses, and reconnect with the natural world. It is a simple but powerful practice, and it allows for new and unique experiences each time we step into nature.
This opportunity will offer ample time for self-exploration, curiosity, and connection with the forest in a way that is deeply personal.
During the walk you will be offered:
- An introductory discussion of the history and practice of forest therapy
- Invitations to explore the environment around you
- Opportunities throughout the walk to share your experiences and listen to others share in a community circle
- A closing circle, modified from the traditional tea ceremony to ensure safety and social distancing amidst COVID-19. Instead of sharing a pot of tea, we’ll simply enjoy conversation with community and a closing invitation together. If you’d like to bring a snack to enjoy during this time, please do. This is time to relax and transition out of the walk and back to our human built environment.
- All are welcome and no experience is necessary.
- This is not a guided hike. We will take our time, walking slowly and covering minimal distances. Please note that participants will be led along unpaved trails and uneven terrain.
- This experience does not include in-depth discussion of environmental science or a yoga session. We will devote the full 2.5-hours to the standard sequence.
- It is important to note the ANFT motto: “The Forest is the Therapist, The Guide Opens the Doors.” As guides, we are here to aid you in your journey, but it is the forest that offers wellness and healing. This experience is not a therapy session with another human, but an opportunity to tune into the healing effects of nature.
- We are happy to offer these walks for just $20 while our Program Guide, Katie Venechuk, completes her Forest Therapy Guide training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. She’ll be completing her training in November!
You can check out our What to Expect page for more information and FAQs.
Registration in advance is required and space is limited, so don’t forget to reserve your spot!