Sun, May 17|
Whitemud Creek Nature Reserve - South
Forest Therapy Walk - May 17th
De-stress and connect with nature on a Forest Therapy walk - an immersive experience that involves slowing down, tuning in and fully engaging the senses.
Time & Location
May 17, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Whitemud Creek Nature Reserve - South, Rainbow Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada
About The Event
Join us for a Forest Therapy walk at the Whitemud Creek Nature Reserve
What is Forest Therapy?
Forest therapy, or Forest Bathing, is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, as well as indigenous teachings and traditions. It’s not your typical walk in the woods - participants take part in immersive experiences that involve slowing down, fully engaging the senses and noticing their surroundings in a new, but ancient, way. Scientifically proven to reduce physiological and psychological markers of stress, improve mood, and increase feelings of belonging and connectedness, this practice is gaining worldwide recognition as an accessible, safe and effective path to healing and wellness.
What to Expect
Your guide will lead you through a series of connective invitations - activities designed to facilitate present moment awareness and bring us into to relational contact with the forest. Forest Therapy Guides, as certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, are trained to design supportive and accessible walks, while being highly adaptable to the needs of participants in the present moment. Your guide will follow a professional standard, created with the intention of opening the doors of the forest to you.
The walk will be 2.5 hours in length, but we will be traveling less than 1km as we pause to take notice of, and interact with, what the forest has in store for us. We will conclude the walk with tea and a light snack.
What to Bring
Dress comfortably. Check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately. Bring a few more layers than you think you will need - as we are moving very slowly and pausing often we will not be generating much body heat.
This walk will take place at the Whitemud Creek Nature Reserve, a beautiful forest with a diverse range of wildlife.
We will meet at the parking lot located on Rainbow Road, on the left hand side of the road before you reach the Snow Valley Ski Hill. If you Google it, you may be directed to the Whitemud Park trails near the equestrian stables, so please ensure that you are going to Rainbow Road. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance finding the correct location.
About Your Guide
Laura is a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, as trained by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides, based in California. The Whitemud Creek Nature Reserve is very dear to her and her connection to the land has been personally transformative. She is honored to share this practice with you.
Tickets are non refundable. If enough notice is provided, a credit for a future walk may be given.
Questions about the walk? Reach out to us!