Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a Guide to go for a walk in the woods?
Seeking a relationship with the natural world has been practiced by most cultures throughout the world, so it may seem like "can't I just go for a walk in the woods?". Guides can make it easier for many to explore freely, to unplug, to let go of an agenda. You don’t need a guide to have a purposeful encounter in nature but many find the experience of being guided in this way to be supportive, impacting and sometimes even transformational.
How is Forest Therapy different from a hike? Or a nature walk?
Forest Therapy is different from a hike in that you may not actually walk that far, on average most walks are a mile or less. And Forest Therapy is different from a nature walk in that there is not a goal to identify flora or fauna, in fact there isn't a true goal except to be open and curious about the nature your are in at that moment. Forest Therapy is a relational practice that brings people into deeper intimacy with natural places.
What if it rains or the weather is "bad"?
As a guide it will be my responsibility to be aware of the weather on the day (and hours) leading up to a walk. While I will not hesitate to cancel and reschedule a walk in the event of unsafe weather (including but not limited to thunderstorms, tornado, excessive winds, sleet/ice). I also know that some of the loveliest walks can still be had in rain, light snow, or on a foggy day.
What is the fitness level needed to go on a Forest Therapy walk?
You can be of any fitness level or ability and still enjoy a forest therapy walk! Forest Therapy walks can be tailored to each individual's needs, ability, and fitness to allow the forest be an accessible partner for all.