Forest Therapy is a research based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in nature. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ – literally translated as ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’. Scientific studies have shown time spent in nature supports the immune and cardiovascular systems as well as increasing creativity and boosting ones sense of well being. In addition, Forest Therapy also helps us to remember we are a part of nature, not separate from it; that we are connected to all beings and the earth. Join Fran Mills for this unique experience on the Abbey Gardens property. The walk concludes with a tea ceremony in the forest. The Walk is at a special time this month, from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, to celebrate the full moon. The walk begins at the Food Hub building.
Fran Mills Bio:
Born in the city but drawn to the wild places, Fran has made being in nature her destination of choice. She spent her early days playing along the creeks that ran near her childhood home and after ward, sought out wooded areas where ever she went. A few years of working in the city and fate brought her north to cottage country and eventually to the farm. What was initially a possible change in life direction from many years as a baker, has become her passion. She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and a member of the Global Institute of Forest Therapy. She lives on the edge of the Canadian Shield, tending her 50 acre property, running an Airbnb and inviting willing participants to wander the forest with her.