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Forest Therapy Walk

April 7 - June 2

Forest Therapy Walk


Program Description

Led by Emily Pleasance, an artist and certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, this program is designed to help you slow down, drop into the body, and better connect with yourself and the natural world. Inspired by the Japanese practice of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, Forest Therapy draws on the interconnectedness humans have with our natural environment. Through embodiment and relaxation practices, it will teach you how to see nature as a supportive resource.

Program Details

Program runs rain or shine (umbrellas will be provided). Weather-appropriate attire recommended and be sure to have water with you.

No previous skills required. For ages 16+

Available dates to register

Participants are welcome to register for more than one session

  • Sunday, April 7, 2024 | 10 am to 1 pm (3 hrs)

  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 | 10 am to 1 pm (3 hrs)

  • Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 10 am to 1 pm (3 hrs)

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Meet Your Guide: Emily Pleasance 

Emily is a certified guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Currently studying at a private college in Tkaronto, she is training to be an Expressive Arts Therapist. Throughout her life Emily has worked with children and youth in the arts and outdoor recreation. She is currently working at a studio providing inclusive and accessible arts-based programming specialized in diverse neuro & physical disabilities. Founder of the Forest Bathing Club, Emily has guided walks throughout the GTA for a variety of communities. She received a BA in Photography from TMU and a Masters in Communication & Culture from York+TMU focusing on The North and Canadian Art. Emily is passionate about helping Canadians build relationships with land through Forest Therapy and the Expressive Arts.

A note from Emily and what to expect from the walk

This is a very slow and relaxed walk of approximately 3 hrs and with a route no more than 1 km. Unlike hikes where there is a destination, these walks aren’t about going anywhere in particular. We’re not going there, we’re arriving here.

We start with an opening circle to meet each other and ground ourselves in the space. Throughout the walk, you will be given a series of “invitations,” all of which allow you to drop into the body and be in relation with the environment. Guides work in partnership with the forest to see what nature is offering that day. This means every walk is a completely different experience.

There will be opportunities on the walk to share stories and connect with other participants. The walk will close with a circle. This is a come as you are space, meaning all ways of being are welcome.

Details

Start:
April 7
End:
June 2
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