Awaken your senses
connect with nature,
and share a cup of tea.
About Your Experience
WHAT IS IT?
The practice of forest therapy began in Japan as Shinrin-Yoku, or"Forest Bathing."
THE PRACTICE OF NATURE IMMERSION helps the mind and body relax and restore itself. Many people report feeling a profound sense of connection, greater personal clarity and insight into other aspects of their lives after experiencing Forest Therapy. Even if that isn't the case, the science shows that simply being in nature is good for you!
CAN YOU DO FOREST THERAPY? The focus of forest therapy is not to log miles. The purpose of Forest Therapy is not to cover distance, but to reawaken your physical senses to the natural world that surrounds us. A typical guided immersion experience is less than half a mile. Trails are carefully chosen for ease of travel. A typical walk is 90 to 160 minutes, the length of the average feature film!
There are plenty of opportunities for sitting down and resting on the earth. In fact, you can do this at any time! If you have physical challenges, let the guide know ahead of time so that they can be prepared to support you.
If YOU ARE PREGNANT, don't worry. All herbs used in our tea ceremonies are well researched to make sure they will not interfere with the reproductive process!
QUESTIONS? Interested in scheduling private group walks? Please feel free to contact me at
1. The Guided Nature Immersion Walk
The guided walk is very different from simply taking a hike, or even a naturalist walk. It is specifically and thoughtfully designed to help you relax into your environment. This is about creating a personal connection to nature, exploring the natural world, and letting the body unwind.
The Guide invites participants to engage with nature through thoughtfully created "Invitations" that facilitate a deeper connection to nature. The walk culminates in a tea made from local, safe, and responsibly harvested Michigan herbs.
Are You Coming?
1. REGISTER ONLINE: Click on BOOK Online to register and pay up front. Cash and checks also accepted in person.
2. ARRIVE ON TIME. Or 5 minutes early is even better! Please let the guide know if you will be late. ( See contact info) To honor the time we have, walks will begin promptly.
3. WHAT TO WEAR: Wear Supportive shoes, AND LAYER UP. We will be moving slowly and possibly sitting, so you won't generate much body heat. The guide reserves the right to turn away those who are not weather-prepared.
4. WHAT TO BRING: a snack, water bottle, emergency medications you need, and anything else that will make you more comfortable. Consider bringing a portable, lightweight camp chair if you cannot sit on the ground.
5. SAFETY: Please let the guide know at the beginning of the walk if you have any LIFE THREATENING HEALTH challenges. We want you to be safe!
How Much Will it Cost?
The traditional rate for a walk is between $25 and $45 per person.
Workshops may range $45-$50 per person.
Special Rates: Book 10 or more at $25.00 per person!
Where Will We Go?
Current locations may include...
- Leslie Science and Nature Center, Ann Arbor
- Heritage Park Nature Center in Farmington Hills,
- Pickerel Lake Rec area
- Barton Park, Ann Arbor
- Matthai Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arb
- DeVine Nature Preserve
- Battle Creek Preserves and Parks
- Grass Lake Nature Preserves
Go to BOOK Online to find a walk near you!
2. The Science Presentation.
"Your Body and Nature"
There is a growing body of research that proves how spending time in nature has a positive impact on our bodies and minds! Get a fascinating overview of the historical beginnings and science behind the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, as well as a look at the many ways our bodies interact with the environment all the time. Contact Cayla for more information about scheduling talks.