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. We are looking for volunteers to provide trainees with a practice opportunity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 In 1982, Japan made shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a part of its national health program!
THE SCIENCE OF FOREST THERAPY/FOREST BATHING
NATURE’S CALL TO WILD Science is proving what we’ve always known intuitively: nature does good things to the human brain—it makes us healthier, happier, and smarter. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/
Research shows that you can reset the stress button; boost immune functioning; improve mental performance and creativity and improve your mood by spending time in a guided forest therapy walk.
Physicians are prescribing nature walks to their patients. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/parks-prescribes-doctors-health-environment/
INTERESTED TO LEARN ABOUT FOREST BATHING?
The trainers from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides will be in attendance along with the group of trainees enrolled in the intensive program at the EcoWellness Centre. If you wish to learn about this unique approach to improving health and well-being, 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)? Saturday, August 12, 9:00am to noon.
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.
For further info see:
https://ecowellness.com/event/introducing-forest-bathing-ottawa-community/ or https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/06/forest-bathing/532068/