Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.
-Chinese proverb

Offering in-person nature therapy walks around the beautiful Ouray/Ridgway, Colorado area. I offer in-person and virtual public group walks, private 1:1, couples, & small groups. I also offer “Talk & Walk” for retreats and conferences wanting to provide their attendees with a uniquely peaceful experience to reconnect with themselves and nature. Check out my Speaking page for more info or email me directly glenda@thestatusfoe.com.

Nature Therapy Walks in Ouray, Colorado

Nature and Forest Therapy, or Forest Bathing, is a different kind of experience in nature that is new to many. These 2-3 hour gentle walks are not a fitness hike, a naturalist-led tour, or psychotherapy in a natural setting. Instead, my guided walks are like sensory and embodiment meditations using invitations or suggested ways to connect with the nature around you. These invitations are crafted to awaken your senses, experience nature at a slower pace, create a deeper relationship with nature and ourselves while absorbing the researched health benefits of simply being in nature. There will be moments of silence and light sharing of our experiences, enriching the individual and collective experience of nature connection.

By the end of the walk, you will feel more relaxed and connected to yourself and the nature around you. This is a wonderful tool to incorporate into your self-care, stress management, and mindfulness practices. This is a different way of being in nature than just a hike, once you know how to do it, you can practice it at any time, anywhere, for free, and reap the benefits yourself.

BOOK a public walk here. If you would like to inquire about private 1:1, couples, or small group walks, email me directly glenda@thestatusfoe.com

Benefits from one nature therapy walk

With nearly 40 years of extensive research shows a wide range of mental and physical health benefits from forest bathing, even in just one session. The key is allowing yourself to slow down and tune in deeply to your senses, and that’s why having a guide can be so beneficial. You can take what you learn from these sessions and incorporate into your own self-care practice.

Nature heals, my friend, and there is research to prove it. Although the more consistently you forest bathe, the more benefits you will receive overtime. However, you still receive the following benefits in just one session:

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and confusion and help prevent depression
  • Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increase the ability to focus and critical thinking
  • Increase in creativity and energy
  • Increases feelings of calm, peace, and inter-connectedness
  • Increase the production of natural killer cells (NK cells)—immune cells that play an important role in defense against bacteria, viruses, and tumors
  • Increase the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (which helps the body rest and recover) and reduce the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for the fight-or-flight response), producing psychologically calming effects
  • Pretty amazing for just a few hours in nature!
  • BOOK a public walk here. If you would like to inquire about private 1:1, couples, or small group walks, email me directly glenda@thestatusfoe.com

What participants are saying

“Although the name might sound intimidating…..Forest bathing is a worthwhile experience if you want to destress and re-tune your senses to the world around you. Glenda has a very relaxed easy-going personality that will make anyone feel comfortable. She doesn’t try to make you do things her way, but rather guides you to what is going to work best for you. For example, on one of the exercises she was encouraging us to tune in to all that was moving around us. Each member of our group set off to a different area of choice. Glenda enjoyed the bugs crawling around while I found my peaceful place watching the river flow. I found forest bathing to be a positive “time out” to force me to slow down and become more kid like as I touched, smelled, saw and felt the world around me from a slower paced, peaceful perspective. I encourage you to give it a try.”
-Sondra

 

“I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this experience. Glenda was welcoming, kind, accommodating and made me feel at ease right away. This experience helped me to slow down and experience my surroundings in a new way. I was able to pray, meditate and to look inside myself through Glenda’s guided exercises. I highly recommend you try it and see for yourself. I love that Glenda is getting certified and has research to back up the proven healing benefits of Forest Bathing. I will be following Glenda and going on more of her adventures in the future. ”
-Debbie Premus, BSN, RN

 

“I am so thankful I had the opportunity to go on a Forest Bathing Experience with Glenda! Each of the invitations she walked us through opened my senses to further enjoy + connect with an already beautiful location. Glenda provided interesting background into the science of nature therapy and held a space that allowed us to feel natures’ medicine. As a yoga instructor, the experience was a refreshing way to tend to myself, connect with community and completely relax within nature.
-Om with Emma

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