Sari Telpner Certified Forest Therapy Guide Whole Health Educator™ Reiki Master & Teacher
Welcome, I'm Sari, a Forest Therapy Guide, Whole Health Educator™ and Holy Fire Reiki Master. Thank you for taking the time to learn about my healing offerings. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for the healing medicine of the forest, facilitation in stress regulation and Reiki healing with you. I make my home in Ashland, Oregon. When I'm not engaged in my work, you may find me under or in one of my favorite trees, watching birds in my meadow, hiking, practicing qigong by my creek, reading books about the more than human world, fermenting veggies, connecting with family and friends, or blogging about health and wellness.
What led you to focus your work on nature immersion and stress reduction?
I began my path into healing and healthcare, while raising my children who are now adults. During that time, I completed degrees in Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (C.O.T.A.), Health Promotion/Fitness B.S. and Master of Arts in Teaching Health Education. I have years of experience as an allied health care provider and educator; am a Forest Therapy Guide, a credentialed Whole Health Educator™ and Reiki Master and Teacher.
I have always had a close relationship with nature but a health crisis led me to rediscover this connection in a very transformative way. Several years ago, my life fell apart as I developed violent vertigo, extreme light sensitivity and hearing loss. It was a traumatic time and shattered my perspective of what I had previously experienced as my life. I was forced to step away from the life I had previously known. The experience pulled me into a sense of deep isolation and suffering. At the time, a specialist suggested that I would be disabled for life which I refused to believe. I told myself I would heal-and I did.
During this time, I tapped into a deep inner strength and discovered the power to support my own healing as I became a Reiki Master and earned my credential as a Whole Health Educator™. I found my way and profound healing through complementary medicine, energy healing, evidence-based research, gratitude, intuition, mind-body medicine, nature immersion and tears. Through painful work, came deep physical and emotional healing on all levels. It was a rebirth and re-connecting to my physical body and higher self. While devastating, this experience was an incredible journey of awakening and healing. Though I always had a close relationship with the natural world, something shifted on a massive level and nature fully opened to me, allowing for a deep new connection. Through this experience, I became clear that my work was as a healer, teacher and guide to facilitate others in exploring the depths of what it means to be fully alive.
The Animals Came a Calling
During this period, I spent close to two years in solitude and meditation, practicing gratitude and medical qigong in my meadow, under an oak tree by my creek. One day I realized that the trees, the running water, the rocks, the sky, the breeze and the animals had become an essential part of my life. I began having experiences with wild animals which resembled something out of a fairy tale. While napping in my hammock by the creek one warm afternoon, I was awakened by a large buck nuzzling my knee. His twin was on the other side of me and a female was in the creek. We all gazed at one another before the two bucks moved beside the creek, rose up on their hind legs and loudly clacked their antlers in play before running off. Soon after, a large black bear appeared one evening, gazing into my kitchen window. That was followed by a pair of screech owls taking up residence in the nest box under my bedroom window. Each spring the owls breed a clutch of babies. They have taught me their hoot and continue to teach me their wisdom. One morning as I finished qigong, I looked at the beauty of the natural world around me and asked aloud, "When will I get my life back?" "This is your life now.", came the answer. I understood then that the natural world had become deeply integrated into my everyday life and played an essential role in my ability to heal.
Soon after, I discovered The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) and Shinrin Yoku. I first began integrating some of my health education coaching work into nature, taking my clients into the forest for deep stress reduction. I began offering "Elemental Forest Medicine" groups, where I discovered the power of the forest as "therapist" and its potent ability to reduce stress levels and support physical and emotional healing. I awakened to the healing power of "the more than human world."
I am very grateful to be a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, through The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. I invite you to join me in the trees and discover for yourself, the healing power of slowing down; reducing stress and supporting your wellness through the evidenced-based healing practice of Forest Therapy.
" Sari's work as healer and teacher is as a conduit for connection and love. Through her presence, she helps the doors of consciousness open for others, to experience love, belonging and acceptance. This comes to her quite naturally." Sophia G.