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Forest Bathing

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.Vancouver, Canada

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Experience hosted by Maria

2.5 hours
Includes food, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in Nature for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness.

This is not just a walk in the forest, and it's also not hiking. I will guide you slowly and intentionally through nature over 2.5 hours, covering no more than 1 km.
Through a series of 'invitations', you will be facilitated to awaken your senses to deepen your connection with yourself, with nature, and with others.

The Japanese words, Shinrin-Yoku, translate into English as “Forest Bathing.” Although inspired by the Japanese practice our use of the terms Forest Therapy and Shinrin-Yoku do not mean a specifically Japanese practice. We mean spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest, river, or desert - whatever environment you are in.

For articles and research abstracts on the effects of Forest Bathing, please see the links at: https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/about/science

** I do need to have at least 2 people booked to do the walk, and if it's raining, I will cancel with 12 hours notice.
Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in Nature for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness.

This is not just a walk in the forest, and it's also not hiking. I will guide you slowly and intentionally through nature over 2.5 hours, covering no more than 1 km.
Through a series of 'invitations', you will be facilitated to awaken your senses to deepen your connection w…

Maria's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    There is a forest tea ceremony at the end of the walk and I'll provide a li...
  • Equipment
    I will have small stools for you to use for sitting on.
From $35
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Maria

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 6 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am inspired and fuelled by Nature, and am Certified as a Forest Therapy Guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides (ANFT). The ANFT is the leading global voice for forest therapy, setting the standards for nature and forest therapy guides worldwide.

Born in Vancouver, I first began guiding people in Nature in 1986 when I was a horseback guide in Jasper (in the Canadian Rockies) and Australia, and went on to guide walking tours in Italy for Butterfield & Robinson.
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Where you'll be

We will be outside, on a level trail that is within the City of Vancouver. There are many types of trees and ground cover, and we may come across other people and dogs.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Katie
November 2019
We really enjoyed our forest bathing experience. Maria did a great job explaining its roots (pardon the pun) and helping us get the most out of our experience. Not only did we learn a lot, but we also got to play a bit (with our imaginations!) and feel a deeper kind of peace than is normally felt in nature.
We really enjoyed our forest bathing experience. Maria did a great job explaining its roots (pardon the pun) and helping us get the most out of our experience. Not only did we lear…
Daniel
July 2019
I can't recommend this experience enough. I enjoyed it so much that I'm finding a local guide back home to take my team at work on a similar experience. Maria did an amazing job not only guiding the overall experience, but also in answering questions about the area and plants. This was one of the best activities we've ever done on vacation!
I can't recommend this experience enough. I enjoyed it so much that I'm finding a local guide back home to take my team at work on a similar experience. Maria did an amazing job no…
Stephen
May 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s curious about the practice of forest bathing or just wants to connect with nature in a different way. Maria is knowledgeable and passionate about what she does and made my experience very comfortable and enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s curious about the practice of forest bathing or just wants to connect with nature in a different…
Abbie
May 2019
Such a refreshing and interesting experience. I felt grateful for the experience and was glad that I could make it! Maria was very understanding, calm and accommodating! Definitely wanna do another session if I would still be in town! :)
Cecilia
May 2019
Maria is a certified forest therapy guide. She is very knowledgeable about forest therapy and provides an authentic, guided experience. I left feeling very calm and centred, and much less stressed than when I started. I would highly recommend a forest bathing experience with Maria to anyone.
Maria is a certified forest therapy guide. She is very knowledgeable about forest therapy and provides an authentic, guided experience. I left feeling very calm and centred, and mu…
Jessica
July 2019
Highly recommend this experience! It was very relaxing and I loved the tea ceremony at the end.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

More tips

Please email me directly if you have any questions at all!

What to bring

A small pack to carry a water bottle and extra clothing (weather dependent)

A hat, gloves, rain gear, layers of clothing - the tree canopy provides alot of shade