WHAT IS FOREST THERAPY?
Forest therapy is an ancient practice of being in relationship with the land.
"The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the doors."
- Amos Clifford, founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
Forest therapy (based on Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing) is a research-based practice that helps you slow down, and connect with your senses, with yourself, and with your surroundings. Studies have shown forest therapy to have a broad range of health and wellness benefits, including reducing stress and improving mood and cognition, as well as improving cardiovascular and immunological functioning.
Forest therapy involves a slow, guided walk in the woods - approximately 2h in winter and 3h in other seasons. Sessions are offered in the amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) area in-person and virtual sessions are open to participants across the globe.
Wild Calm Forest Therapy acknowledges that Milena's forest therapy sessions and administrative work take place on Indigenous land in Treaty 6 territory. This land has been occupied, travelled, and stewarded by Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial through the present day.
The places we gather in to practice forest therapy are in or near ᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, amiskwacîwâskahikan, Edmonton, which is a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and travelling route of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Dene, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), and Métis whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to enrich our shared heritage.