Modeled after Japanese "Forest Bathing" (Shinrin-Yoku), Nature and Forest Therapy is simply remembering your vital relationship with Nature. It empowers individuals to slow down, be refreshed and reconnect with oneself, others and all living beings. As we listen, observe, and touch nature in fresh ways, it brings connection and grounding for overall health and well-being--body, mind, and spirit. Most guided experiences are between 2-3 hours long, consisting of carefully crafted invitations to interact with nature using your senses as well as opportunities to express what you are noticing. Traditionally, Forest therapy ends with a tea ceremony and light refreshments. It is not about hiking a long way or getting exercise. It's about rekindling our connection with nature to receive astounding health benefits and fall in love again with our original natural habitat.
Above photo showing two kinds of "fractals" --clouds and branches. Fractals can reduce stress and mental fatigue in the observer's brain by as much as 60 percent according to research at the Univ. of Oregon.
"Nature itself is the best physician."
Elizabeth grew up climbing trees and hunting wild orchids. She is the co-owner of a plant health care company founded in 2007 and studied at Longwood Gardens for her Landscape Design certification in 2012. As a Pennsylvania Forest Steward, Elizabeth has been restoring a 25-acre woodland for twelve years in Lancaster County, PA (but really, the forest was restoring her after the loss of her husband). Caring for people through volunteer grief facilitating and encouraging others in Earth conservation, Elizabeth is honored to also provide opportunities for people to deepen their connection with nature as a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She has loved creatures, people and the land locally and around the world. Elizabeth has personally experienced the authentic benefit and balm of nature for her own grief, loss and work-related stress. Come experience what nature has for you. You will be so glad you did.
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One With Nature Forest Therapy
Elizabeth Mills, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
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