This April, Random Acts of Green CEO and nature super-fan, Jessica Correa embarked on a Guided Forest Therapy experience for the very first time.
Here at Random Acts of Green we’re always encouraging our community to reconnect with the great outdoors.
We wanted to share Jessica’s experience with you in the hope that it might just encourage you to look into Guided Forest Therapy experiences in your area.
Here’s how Jessica got on …
“Last week, I did my first ever Nature Therapy session with a certified Nature Therapy Guide.
First, she had me take several deep breaths on a log in the woods in Jackson Park. She asked me to close my eyes, and listen to the sounds of the forest. I was encouraged to feel the sun on my face, smell the first signs of spring, and pay attention to anything that stuck out to me as special.
I did hear a small squirrel and some birds chirping around me – and it reminded me that we were in their home.
The next segment was to go close to the water and to listen as you approached it as the sounds got stronger.
We humans are drawn to water, and there was something really special about this segment as I was surprised at how calming it was to just sit and stare. I sat by the water for a long period of time, without interruption, without judgement, without anywhere to go.
The water was strong. It was forceful. It was fast. It was resilient. It moved with urgency and strength. It had purpose and direction. And nothing was getting in its way.
And then, we moved onward to the next segment – to move toward a tree that called to us.
At first, I really didn’t feel anything or see anything and I wasn’t sure if I was “doing it right”, but as soon as I just let myself wander and let myself be, I noticed this beautiful tree: It was strong, it was rooted, and it has 5 unique tree branches all brought together in 1 root system.
And last but not least, my forest therapy guide and I sat close to the water again and enjoyed sips of our Forest Tea.
We asked a tree nearby and thanked it for some pine . We added boiling water to it and sat in silence for a while longer.”
Key Learnings From This Experience:
🌲. Be like water – be resilient
🌲 Be like water – be strong
🌲 Be like water – have direction.
🌲 Be like water – have purpose.
🌲 Be like water – don’t let anything get in your way
🌲 Be like a duck – ride the waves – let things happen . Just be, no matter where you go
🌲 Be like a tree – connect to your family – stay rooted
🌲 Be like a tree – provide nourishment to others
Has this review inspired you to try Forest Therapy?
Read more about the practice and how you can become a Forest Therapy Guide on the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs website here.