Join us for a transformative walk in nature. Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing), the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest.

Forest Therapy is a slow and mindful way of walking that helps engage the senses and allows for reflection. The key to forest therapy is not to cover a lot of miles, but to instead walk through nature with intention while we take it all in. Studies have shown that forest therapy can offer a wide range of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.

 

Awaken your senses and connect with nature during a mindful walk with a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. No two walks are the same, walks are held in different locations throughout the HRM, while you enjoy a lovely variety of awareness-raising activities.

 

This is not a fitness walk or guided tour, but instead an immersive sensory experience which includes a series of guided connection activities that are offered as gentle invitations. Their purpose is to help awaken your senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. An "invitation" is an opportunity, rather then an assignment or exercise. Therefore, you are welcome to follow along or modify it in a way that feels comfortable for you - as an individual. There is no right or wrong way to do these activities and therefore, they are offered with zero pressure and free from judgment. These activities may include: expressive arts and mindfulness-inspired activities to support positive health outcomes. 

Sophie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She completed her certification at the height of the pandemic in 2020, which allowed her to recognize the importance of having both a deeper connection with nature and ourselves. Her primary focus as a guide is to provide a safe and supportive experience for every participant.

By day she is a writer for a PR firm, and by early mornings, evenings, and weekends you can find her outside hiking, camping, gardening, cloud-gazing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and enjoying the briskly practice of cold water swimming.

Sophie brings her sunny spirit, welcoming energy, and endless smiles to help make this experience truly unforgettable!

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How to prepare for your guided walk:

Dress appropriately for the weather. Wearing layers can help you be better prepared for any changes in the weather that could occur during the walk. Rain is known for heightening our senses, therefore we will continue to walk in the rain, with the only exception being if there is a lightening and thunder storm.

Bring water so that you will stay hydrated throughout the walk and since we will be outdoors, access to clean water and bathrooms may be limited at times. 

 

Your forest guide is wilderness first aid certified. However, please be prepared for various elements, with the possibility of (but not limited to): sunburns, big bites and allergens. If you are concerned about the potential of ticks, we suggest that you wear closed footwear (not sandals) and socks. Tuck your pants into your socks and it is also recommended that you wear a long-sleeved shirt that is tucked into your pants. To avoid sunburn it is always a good idea to wear a hat and/or sunscreen, however these are personal choices and the responsibility will be left up to each individual.

Covid Safety

Sign-in screening upon arrival, please see questions below:

1. Are you sick or symptomatic?

2. Are you required to self isolate for any reason?

Masks are not required, because this is an outdoor event, with all participants being fully vaccinated and a small group of no more than 10 people (+ guide). Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

As of October 4th all Nova Scotians are required by law to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in recreational activities. We are required to verify your vaccination status prior to beginning the walk and will do this during the sign-in process. 

If this event is unable to be held due to covid-19 restriction changes or in the case of severe weather, your walk will be rescheduled for a later date and you will be notified by email as soon as possible. If you are unable to attend the new date. you will receive a credit note upon request that can be put towards either a workshop of your choice or a future guided walk. Credit notes expire 1 year from the date of your ticket purchase. Tickets are transferrable to a family member, co-worker or friend, upon request.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Health Questionnaire

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Liability Form

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Participation Agreement Form

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Please download all 3 documents one at a time, fill them out and upload them under the corresponding form - thank you!

Please note: These documents are required to participate in our guided forest therapy walks and registration is not considered complete until all of the above documents have been properly filled out, submitted and payment has been received.

 

If you require assistance or have questions regarding these documents, please feel free to get in touch with us by email: info@sparklesnsawdust.com

Dates:

Saturday, Oct 23rd 2021 | 1 PM - 3 PM
Location: Sir Sandford Fleming Park (The Dingle)
(Meet in the main parking lot by the public washrooms)
Introductory Price: $35 + tax




Sunday, Nov 7th 2021 | 1 PM - 3 PM
Location: Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park
(Meet in the main parking lot by the public washrooms)
Price: $45 + tax
*Please note: this will be our final walk for 2021, as the cold weather begins to set in.