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Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, which translates to "forest bathing."

Spending time in nature makes us feel better.  Science is now supporting what we have intuitively known for many years.  The process of deepening our relationship with nature actually reduces our stress responses, improves our immune system, increases creativity and improves our mood.

At Kawartha Conservation, our program involves immersing oneself in the forest atmosphere and exploring the forest using our senses. By dropping out of our heads and into our senses we invite healing interactions for ourselves and the forest.

Our Forest Therapy Guide, Kristie Virgoe, is certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT).  She is trained in the program framework to provide a safe space to help participants explore ways of deepening their relationship with nature in a way that is uniquely meaningful to them.  In this practice, “the forest is the therapist and the guide opens the door.”

Our Forest Therapy walks are 3 hours in length and in this time we may only travel 1.5km. You can expect a very slow and mindful experience with a lot of stillness.  They trails are selected specifically to provide opportunities to gather and share as well as to wander and explore.    

Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us by join us for a FREE walk on Saturday, October 26 at Ken Reid Conservation Area.

Join Kawartha Conservation's Kristie Virgoe, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, for an experience in forest bathing. Take some time to relax and reconnect! Forest Therapy is based on mindfully connecting to the natural world during a 2.5 hour walk. Our walks are slow, and easy, with lots of stillness built in. Good for all fitness levels.

The Event is free however, registration is required.

Register for free here: FOREST WALK OCTOBER 26