REVIVE YOUR NATURAL SELF
Don't worry, you won't be forced to hug a tree or wear a flower band! Forest therapy is about setting some nature time for yourself without the distractions of the virtual and urban world.
Each forest therapy session is a gentle walk of 2 to 3 hours, on a trail that is usually less than a mile. During this time, the guide suggests a series of invitations which enable the participants to be in the present moment and place, help them slow down, as well as reactivate all their senses and reinforce connection to self, nature and others. The walk is like a small journey where time suspends itself.
A forest therapy walk doesn't require any athletic abilities, as it is not a hike. The role of the guide is not to teach the participants about plants and trees, nor to advise them.
Guides are trained to assess trails hazards and ensure participants' safety.
What to bring?
You just need to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and dress according to the weather. You might want to bring a bottle of water with you as well.
What if it rains?
As Roger Miller said "Some walk in the rain, others just get wet".
The walk will still happen in light rain and be adapted in consequence. Rain can actually enhance the sensory experience of the walk. In case of extreme weather, it'll be cancelled.
Is it for me?
Everybody can benefit from a nature and forest therapy walk. But if you feel stressed, depleted, struggle with finding inspiration and focus or are going through a life transition, forest therapy can be of help.
And if you're an outdoor enthusiast, you might like to experience nature in a very different manner. Give it a try and see for yourself!