Public walks are 2 to 3 hour sessions with anywhere from 2 to 15 participants. These walks are generally designed for ages 14+ and/or adults. A forest therapy walk offers a new way to experience nature and connect with a community of of like-spirited people through this very unique sensory immersion in the natural world.
Public walks are offered in Ashland, Oregon at Lithia Park, other city parks or private locations. You’ll be facilitated by an A.N.F.T. Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, and will participate in specific activities called, "invitations", to assist you in experiencing the healing benefits of nature connection through sensory connection. Public walks are typically offered monthly. Check back for upcoming walk dates.
Unplug • Relax • Renew • Slow Down
Let go of stress as you connect to Nature, yourself and others in a new way, through this healing, facilitated, sensory immersion in nature.
Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon Sunday, November 10 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Join Wild Wellness Guide for an Autumn Immersion, Forest Forest Therapy Walk. We'll immerse in the spectacular beauty as we experience the changing of the seasons. Through facilitation, we'll drop into our sensory body and connect with The More Than Human World, with a series of sensory "Invitations." We'll slow way down and step into "liminal" space, leaving our normal sense of time and orientation towards "doing" behind. We'll connect in a new way with the land, ourselves and others as we unplug, rest and renew. We complete our experience with a wild foraged tea ceremony.
"The Forest is the Therapist; The Guide Opens the Door."
Please pre-register to hold your space. Preparations for each walk begin more than 24 hours in advance.
Registration and Arrival Time: Preparation for a Public Forest Therapy walk begins a minimum of 2 days prior to the event. Trails are assessed and Tea Ceremony supplies are acquired based on number of registered participants. Therefore, it is the policy of Wild Wellness Guide that all participants pre-register at least 24 hours before the scheduled event, either through an Eventbrite link or through a PayPal Link I will send you to hold your space. Arrival Time: This experience is sequential and builds on itself from the very beginning. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before scheduled start time as we begin promptly on schedule. Once our circle has formed and the experience begins, our "container" is sealed. If you cannot arrive to begin on time with the group, we can reschedule you for another date.
What to bring and how to prepare? – A small day pack; water and a snack (if you like). If the day is cold, you may want a thermos and hot drink. For hot days bring sunscreen/hat and bug protection if desired. If the weather iscold, please dress in layers to stay warm as we move at a very slow pace and don't work up body heat. Dress in more layers more than you think you will need in fall and winter- hat, gloves, long johns and a very warm coat.Unless it is a big downpour or violent storm, the walk will go on in the rain. If raining, it's important to have a waterproof shell including pants, and /or an umbrella. Rain enhances sensory experience and makes for some beautiful forest bathing experiences. Lastly, bring a small beach towel. We may sit or lay on damp ground or have wet feet to dry.
Cancellation Policy for Public Walks: Preparation for your forest bathing session begins several hours before your arrival. I am unable to replace group members with last minute cancellations. Therefore I ask that any cancellation or rescheduling arrangements be made as far in advance as possible, with a minimum of 24 hour notice. Cancellations within 24 hour notice or before will be refunded. Emergency cancellation with less than 24 hours notice will be credited for a future forest bathing session and no shows will be charged the full amount paid.
Inclement Weather: Forest Bathing sessions take place in most weather throughout the year. In cases of storms, lightning, pouring rain, or wildfire smoke at "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups", sessions will be cancelled with full refund to registered participants.