Introducing Guided Forest Therapy in the Ottawa Region, The Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre is proud to announce that we are hosting the Association of Forest Therapy and Nature Programs training program from August 6-13. The AFTN provides training in Forest Therapy all over the world.
Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest www.natureandforesttherapy.org
CONSIDERING BECOING A CERTIFIED FOREST THERAPY GUIDE?
There are still a few spots available for those who may be interested in adding certification as a Forest Therapy Guide to your tool box for helping people find relief from stress and for enhancing well-being. The program consists of the intensive week and then a monitored 6 months practicum after which you will be able to offer this as a service in a forest near you or with us in our Carp Ridge Forest. For further information, see http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/Details-Ottawa.html
INTERESTED TO LEARN ABOUT FOREST BATHING?
If you wish to learn about it please attend the open community meeting to be held on Monday August 7, at 7:00 pm at the Carp Memorial Hall, 3739 Carp Road, prominently in the Village. All are welcome (by donation).
WANT TO TRY IT OUT (free)?
If you wish to experience a guided walk, you can sign up as a volunteer to provide trainees with a practice opportunity. Please email Sandy@ecowellness.com to register. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 2386 Thomas A Dolan Parkway entrance by 9:00 am on Saturday, August 12. Please wear light clothing covering arms and legs. Bring your water bottle.
CURIOUS? WHAT IS IT LIKE TO TAKE A GUIDED FOREST WALK?
Katherine Willow, ND shares her experience on a Guided Forest Therapy Walk here.