Have you ever noticed how good you feel after being in nature? Whether it’s a walk in the forest, being near water or sitting and staring at the night sky we seem to change. We feel more settled, relaxed, peaceful. We simply feel better because we ARE better. What we feel is REAL! Increasingly it is being explained by science. A growing body of international research validates enhanced well-being after time in nature and we’re beginning to pay attention to it.
The Earth is our safest, purest home. When we spend time in nature, we remember or discover what it is to feel safe, to BE safe, at home. We begin to feel at ease in our body, grounded, anchored on the Earth. The more we cultivate this relationship, the more all becomes well.
The Earth is our home. It feeds us, shelters us, cares for us. It sustains us – body, mind and soul. Earth is the essence of life itself. Being in nature brings us closer to this life source, to the actualizing tendency within all living beings. The actualizing tendency is our inherent evolutionary design for wholeness. Being in closer relationship with the Earth (re)connects us to this pure, nourishing life giving force – to our actualizing tendency within. And a growing body of research explains how connecting with the Earth heals us too.
Nature and forest therapy is a growing practice worldwide. Sometimes referred to as forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku, the practice was legitimized by the Japanese government in the 1980’s. Alarmed by a spike in chronic illness and disease resulting from increased stress of a booming tech industry, the government invested in a nationwide program to promote health and wellness. Realizing the health benefits of being in the beautiful forests and natural environments in Japan inspired researchers in Japan and other scientists worldwide. Increasingly, studies illuminate the many ways nature and forest therapy support our health and well-being, encourage our healing and ultimately sustain our very being.
I am a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, trained by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. You can learn much more about this evidence based practice by exploring research on their website. Offering nature based therapy in a variety of ways was the primary reason for establishing the ONE Center. Now clients receiving 1:1 mental health therapy can choose to be inside or outside for each counseling session. Established clients can design a 3 – 8 hour long personal retreat at the ONE Center. I also offer Guided Forest Therapy Walks to individuals and 3-hour group walks the first Saturday each month. Nature based silent meditation retreats are also offered at ONE.
Register for Guided Forest Therapy Walks Here!
Pay online for your Forest Walk:
The non-refundable registration fee is 45$ per person. If you’d like to pay online, you can use the Venmo app to send payment if it’s set up as bank to bank transfer to avoid credit card processing fees. Dr. Butterfield’s Venmo user name is Brenda-Butterfield.
When your paperwork and payment have been received, you will receive an email confirming your place in class.
Link to Pay with Venmo