Kingston – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) is continuing its innovative and immersive Forest Therapy Walk program, as a way of encouraging area residents to reconnect with nature in a deeper, more meaningful way. This time, we are offering a special series to truly come to understand the benefits of ‘forest bathing.’
The practice of Forest Therapy was founded through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, based in California. The founders of this mindful, healing and connective practice were inspired by the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku” which translates as “forest bathing.” Research has determined that spending time in nature not only strengthens the human immune response and reduces stress, but also makes us more creative, mindful, and content in our lives. Give yourself permission to take time out of your busy schedule to immerse yourself over three consecutive weeks.
The sessions will take place on three Thursdays – Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 – from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Register for this unique opportunity at www.crca.ca/online-services.
Our Forest Therapy Walks will be guided by the CRCA’s Senior Conservation Educator, Stana Luxford Oddie who is accredited by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. She has more than 20 years of experience connecting people of all ages to nature.
For more information about the Forest Therapy Program visit www.crca.ca/forest-therapy-