I am so excited! My partner and I just returned from Sugarloaf Ridge State park in Kenwood California where we completed an intensive 8 day training to begin our journey to becoming Certified Forest Therapy guides! When we discovered this practice late last year through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, we knew instantly that this was something we were meant to practice, and share together. We are both passionate about trees, plants, animals, the environment and mindfulness. He has amazing outdoor skills and training through his work and education, and I have a thorough background in the healing arts. All together it seemed like the perfect fit! We now have to complete the required six month practicum.
We are both so excited to begin sharing this beautiful practice with our community on Salt Spring Island, the other Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island --Coming in Spring of 2019 when we complete our certification. In the meantime, we will be working with friends and family and completing the other requirements including wilderness first aid training.
What is Forest Therapy?
Forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku means to “bathe in the atmosphere of the forest” and is a term coined by the Japanese government in the 1980”s “to describe the practice of spending time in the woods to soak up its health benefits”. The Japanese have thoroughly researched and discovered many positive health benefits of spending time in nature. Studies show that if practiced regularly, forest “bathing” can strengthen our immune and cardiovascular systems, decrease stress and anxiety and improve mood. It can enhance your health, wellness and happiness!
In order for you to experience these benefits however, you need to slow down, disconnect from the outside world, and connect with nature using your senses. We will offer you a series of “invitations” to help you to do this. You are then invited to do what feels comfortable to you. We merely hold the space for the deepening and connection to happen. The forest is the therapist, and we are the guides. I hope that you will join us in an upcoming guided forest therapy walk!
Walks are three hours in length and we do not go far. People of all ages and abilities can attend. We complete each walk with a simple tea ceremony and light snacks.
Please dress warmly. Gloves, hats, scarves, rain wear and warm footwear are all highly recommended for your comfort. You may also want a water bottle and a small mat or towel to sit on.
Saturday, January 26, 2019 (with Kelly) 12 noon to 3pm, Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC, Cost $33 per person.
Saturday February 9, 2019 (with Peter) 12 noon to 3pm, Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC, Cost $33 per person.
We will meet at the day use area of Ruckle Provincial park. Drive all the way into the park passed the farm to the very end of road and into the day use area. We will be waiting there in front of a yellow gate and parking area.
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Disclaimer: All Spiritual healing sessions with Kelly Kiss are for personal and spiritual growth purposes only. Kelly is not a medical doctor and therefore she does not diagnose medical conditions. Her sessions are not a substitute for advice or treatment that you would normally receive from a professional such as a doctor, lawyer, psychiatrist or financial advisor. It is advised that clients in crisis first seek professional help.