Certified Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
I will be offering, social distanced, small group walks this year! Please message me for your individual needs and concerns!
I would like to acknowledge that the Nature Therapy Walks I offer take place on aboriginal land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. As settlers, we're grateful for the opportunity to meet on this land and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years. Long before today, as we gather here, there have been aboriginal peoples who have been the stewards of this place In particular, I acknowledge that the walks take place on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Peoples, in the Williams Treaties area.
We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole. As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities, and in particular to bring justice for murdered and missing indigenous women and girls across our country .
Forest or Nature Therapy, also known as "Shinrin-Yoku," refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. The Japanese words translate into English as “Forest Bathing.” Although we are inspired by the Japanese practice, our use of the terms Forest Therapy and Shinrin-Yoku do not mean a specifically Japanese practice. We mean spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest (or river, or desert, or whatever environment you are in).
There are an infinite number of healing activities that can be incorporated into a walk in a forest or any other natural area. An activity is likely to be healing when it makes room for listening, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all eight of the sensory modes we possess.
Forest therapy does not engage in activities that require a great deal of physical exertion. Part of the appeal of Shinrin-Yoku-inspired forest therapy is that it is highly accessible to people with a wide range of fitness abilities and conditions. The practice can also be adapted to fit a variety of different groups. Let me know your needs!
"The Forest Is the Therapist, the Guide Opens the Door"
Laurie landed in Huntsville at the age of 14 spending most of her adolescent and adult years in Muskoka. She has spent her career as a counsellor and public educator in a local social service agency. She has had a special connection with nature having spent endless hours with the lakes and forests and in the beauty that is Muskoka.
She has recently completed an intensive practicum with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides to become a Certified Nature Therapy Guide. She is trained in Wilderness First Aid and Local Foraging.
She brings a calm and gentle approach to sharing this practice that she is so passionate about.
Making sure you have what you need can enhance your experience of forest bathing......here are some suggestions......
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"I felt completely different after the walk - much more calm and relaxed"
"Thank you thank you thank you! I would recommend this experience to anyone!"
"Laurie brings a calm to the practice - she is a natural guide"
"I have always spent time in nature but this was much much more - an experience that is a first for me!"
Ask me about designing a special walk for the needs of your group! Whether you are a social service agency, a classroom, bridal party, or a group of friends, I would be happy to negotiate a special price for you!
Is it your wedding weekend, anniversary, Valentines Day or just looking for a special gift for that special someone - I have a great deal for you!
(I would like to make this practice accessible to all so do offer subsidized spots - just ask!)
A truly deep immersive practice for people who would like a one to one session.
Christmas, anniversary, birthdays - the gift of nature!
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