Begin your year immersed in nature. Take time to breathe deeply, nourish your spirit, and engage in reflective meditative prompts with the natural world. Awaken your senses and receive the gift of a deeper connection with nature and a more embodied sense of presence as we begin the New Year together.
A Forest Bathing Walk is a mindful practice of being in nature for our own wellbeing and that of the planet’s as it invites connection to all of life. It is a waking up to our wholeness, to our belonging to the Earth community and to our place in a vast universe.
A leisurely short walk on a woodland trail, with stops along the way. Through a series of carefully crafted invitations,
we will focus on our senses to develop a rich connection with nature. This is a slow, mindful way of
walking and being in the forest.
As we walk in the forest, we will be slowing down, opening our senses, and relaxing into the present moment.
We will notice and enjoy the forest and the natural world, but this isn’t an educational naturalist walk and it isn’t a hike – we won’t even go very far at all.
Only relatively recently in evolutionary history have so many of us humans lived largely indoors – is it any wonder that our bodies, minds, and souls crave the outdoors?
We are modern people of words, of scripture, of science, of explanations and understandings, but we are at essence creatures. On these guided walks,
we will remember that we are not “visiting” nature,
but fellow beings with the plants and trees, critters, and even the rocks and soil and sky and Earth itself.
The practice of being in nature and among trees is something we, as humans, have been doing since our evolution. We co-evolved with life. It’s no wonder we benefit from spending time in nature. And here’s the key—it’s not just going outdoors, but rather HOW you are outdoors.
Are you doing or are you being?
Research around the world is casting light on how spending time outdoors (and specifically in forests)
makes us healthier.
Below is a list of holistic health benefits:
Groups (OR families OR couples)
Experience a forest bathing walk designed solely for you or for your church, organization, or group. Can be designed in our forest or on land or a park near you.
Give yourself or someone special the gift of wellbeing and relaxation through the experience of forest bathing. Give the gift of time: time to truly slow down and to deeply immerse in the beauty and wonder of nature.
A perfect gift for nature lovers! (or for anyone who doesn’t need more “stuff”!)
“I loved the forest bathing gathering. I have noticed a change in the quality of my daily walks in the woods, and the impact on the rest of my day and week. I am also doing a lot of reflecting about this larger family of living things I feel more connected to.”
“What a lovely experience. It's not something I would have imagined doing, so that made it even more delightful.”
“I highly recommend a forest bathing walk with Stephanie. She is a skilled and kind facilitator, and the beautiful land that she stewards with her husband is a gift to connect with. I felt very calm and peaceful for many days after the experience.”
“Thank you again for the forest walk last week. I left feeling refreshed and at peace. With your guiding, you created a warm, welcoming space for us to open our senses to the wonders of nature and to connect with ourselves and others. I am grateful. And I look forward to your next offering.”
“It really challenged me. I don’t stop much, and it really forced me to stop and think and sense things around me which I just don’t do.”
“There's nothing quite like being given permission to hug a tree and notice the scents of various mosses. And what a gift to be given the time to listen to the sound of silence.”
"Soft soil silences my steps as if to say 'Shh, this is sacred ground.' Maples, sycamores, and cedars line the trail. Limbs reach heavenward, forming a perfect arch. Forest Bathing led by Stephanie is a quiet walk through nature to experience the touch of a tree, the smell of lichens, the sound of a babbling brook, and a thousand hues of green. It resets your internal clock and opens your heart to new experiences and gifts."
"Stephanie is a consummate guide, gently prodding you along as you connect more deeply with nature. The experience was restorative."