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FOREST BATHING WALKS

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Thank you to all the people we have had the pleasure of guiding to many natural wonders on Vancouver Island over the past 21 years.

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Currently Forest Bathing will be available starting in May 2022 by advance booking. All Forest Bathing walks will be private. Only people that arrive together will be included in any walk. All walks are conducted with 2 meter physical distancing protocol. Transportation is not included. When we arrive at the destination we will conduct the experience with physical distancing that will allow interaction and appreciation of the forest.

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HEALING ENERGY FROM THE FOREST

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It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

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Feeling down or grumpy? Too much negativity? Nature can help with that!!

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THE FOREST IS THE THERAPIST, THE GUIDE OPENS THE DOOR.

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To accommodate Covid19 restrictions all tours will be conducted with physical distancing.  You will need to travel in your own vehicle. You will need to have your own water.

Join knowledgeable and experienced eco-tour guides for the ultimate forest bathing experience to embrace the healing properties of trees, forest plants, ferns, mosses and lichens.
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“Forest Bathing” also known as Forest Therapy is a growing trend that is about immersing oneself in the healing properties of trees and plants.
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Taking a walk in natural green spaces not only can really help clear your head, but in a recent Japanese study, researchers found those persons who were exposed to forest settings had greatly improved cortisol (stress) levels, pulse rates, blood pressure, and parasympathetic nerve activity levels versus those who were exposed to urban settings. Science has confirmed the evidence on the positive effects of contact with nature on our physical, emotional and mental well-being.

The “Forest Bathing”concept is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shin-rin-Yoku, which translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere.” It involves walking — quietly, slowly and deliberately — in a forest, and taking in the sounds, scents, colours, forms and the vibe of nature.

Today, the scientifically proven benefits of Shin-rin-yoku include:
Boosted immune system functioning
Increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer cells
Reduced stress
Improved mood
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy level
Improved sleep
Lower levels of cortisol and lower blood pressure and pulse rate

 

VANCOUVER ISLAND EASY WALKING FOREST THERAPY EXPERIENCE

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Our forest bathing experiences depart from Parksville to ancient forests, with old growth trees and native plants for a gentle walk in the woods. We will absorb the forest’s healing ambience. Key to the experience is the inhalation of wood essential oils, similar to natural aromatherapy, but visual, auditory, and other sensory stimuli are also important.
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The result? A host of health benefits, including a boosted immune system, an increase in cancer-battling proteins, and improved blood pressure, among others. Studies have also found psychological benefits, with forest bathers seeing significant increases in positive feelings and decreases in negative feelings.

While forests lend themselves innately to quiet reflection, you do not need to spend your time there meditating or consciously relaxing—the forest will take care of that itself, bestowing its rewards through sight, sound, smell, and touch.

 

Forest bathing is good for the body, mind and spirit

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Easy walking in Old Growth Douglas Fir forest.
2 to 3 hours $150.00 per group of 1 to 6 people. 

Maximum six people.