I’m Maria Fenty, CMT, and I have recently returned from Beautiful British Columbia, Canada, immersed for 10 days in the Kootenay Wilderness as part of a six-month Certification Training as a Forest Therapy Guide. As part of my practicum, I am required to offer numerous Forest Therapy Walks between now and January. There will be a series of these walks, in different bioregions and various times of day, that I wish to invite community members to experience.Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku; which translates as ‘Forest Bathing’. There’s a growing body of evidence that supports the wellness benefits of spending time in nature that we all have intuited over time. Some of these benefits include decreased Cortisol levels ( a stress hormone), increased immunity function, decreased depression and a lower blood pressure rate. The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides is proactive in operating within the auspices of mental health to promote “Green Prescriptions”. Some medical practitioners have observed a decline in pharmaceutical prescription use for depression, et. al, as they, instead, steer client’s towards time in nature with these ‘Green Prescriptions.’These guided walks are contemplative, silent and are NOT hikes. I invite you to Breathe, Slow Down and Sense this natural,“more-than-human-world’ we are linked to.
This Sunday 7/16/17 @ 3-5pm our first Forest Therapy Walk will be in Bellevue, CO at the Watson Lake footpath adjacent to the cooling Poudre River.
If you would like to join us, RSVP to this invitation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be limited to 8, and I will follow up with an informed e-mail to those who rsvp. If you wish to be added to my Forest Therapy Guide email list for future guided walks please note this in your reply.
Maria Fenty C.M.T.