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Nature & Forest Therapy Sessions
Nature & Forest therapy, aka forest bathing, is a practice that involves immersing oneself in a natural environment, taking a break from technology, and using all of your senses to mindfully engage with your surroundings.
It’s a way to relax and connect with nature by simply being present in the forest and experiencing its sights, sounds, smells, and textures. Forest bathing has been shown to have many physical and mental health benefits, including reducing stress, improving mood, and boosting the immune system.
Why a guide?
An ANFT Certified Guide for a forest therapy session can help you select the best location, understand the benefits of the practice, develop mindfulness techniques, and ensure your safety.
Although it may seem like a simple activity, and it can certainly be done without one, consider hiring a guide to get the most out of your nature & forest therapy session, especially if you are new to the practice. Your guide can help you select the best location for your forest bathing session, choosing a location that is safe, quiet, and peaceful, with a variety of natural elements, such as trees, plants, and water bodies, that can enhance your experience. Secondly, a guide can help you understand the benefits of forest bathing and how to incorporate it into your daily routine. They can explain the scientific evidence behind the practice and provide tips on how to connect with nature and be present in the moment. Your guide can help you develop mindfulness techniques that can deepen your connection with nature. They can guide you through breathing exercises, meditation, and other techniques that can help you relax, reduce stress, and improve your overall well-being. Finally, a guide can ensure your safety during the session. They can help you navigate the terrain, avoid hazards, and provide first aid if needed.
Warren Woods State Park
Warren Woods State Park is a 311-acre nature preserve and hidden gem just 7 minutes from Warren Dunes State Park.
Grand Mere State Park
Grand Mere State Park is characterized by magnificent sand dunes, deep blowouts and half a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline, accessible by the park’s two trails.
Chikaming Open Lands
Chikaming Open Lands is the local land conservancy dedicated to preserving the open spaces and natural rural character of southwest Berrien County.
Sarett Nature Center
Sarett is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community nature center located in Southwestern Michigan, along the Paw Paw River valley.
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.”