Meet your new forest therapy guide (to be)
I am thrilled to begin my training to become a forest therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.
Many of the guides that I have found online have extensive experience in the wild. I do not have that kind of experience, but thankfully that is not a prerequisite.
Forest bathing does not entail long hikes, camping or spending extended time in nature. Nor does it mean you take a bath al fresco.
Nature’s therapeutic effects work quickly so two or three hours focusing in nature is sufficient.
And like the regular bath or shower we are familiar with, forest bathing should be done on a regular basis for best results.
There are so many lovely parks and beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area that are ideal for this practice. I also hope to discover many new locations as I get out and explore.
One of the things I look forward to is building a community of like minded people who want to immerse themselves in nature and to meet regularly.
I am keeping an open mind as I embark on this new milestone in my life. I thought a lot about starting a new career choice at this point in my life. However, I realized I don’t have much to lose taking this course. Time marches on whether I take this program or not. I might as well learn something new and make good use of my time. So now I’m committed and no turning back now.
In my heart, I believe becoming a forest bathing and nature therapy guide is a valuable skill to have. I want to help people feel better after a short visit in nature.
I don’t know what to expect during the next six months but I will continue to post about my journey.
I hope you join me.