Introduction to Forest Bathing
What you'll learn
- Forest Bathing History
- Nature Connection
- Forest Therapy
- Forest Bathing Philosophy
- Sit Spot Routine
- Sensory Techniques
- Nature Based Mindfulness Techniques
- A desire to connect to nature is all!
In this course, students will learn all about the transformative practice of Forest Bathing from Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, Duncan Murdoch of Nature Connection Guide.
*Depending on the proximity of your forest/natural area, this course is designed to be learned over the course of 6 days.
We'll go over:
The history of Forest Bathing
How Forest Bathing fits into the modern world today
The health benefits of nature
In addition I will teach students HOW to begin their practice of Forest Bathing.
We'll go over:
How to identify a conducive area for Forest Bathing
Practical strategies to maintain a practice
Sensory Activities & Mindfulness Techniques
Forest Bathing Philosophy and needed mindset
Ways to incorporate Forest Bathing into your daily life
*Please exercise your best judgement about your level of comfort and safety with the weather conditions and temperatures in your area
Who this course is for:
- People who are curious and want to learn about the basics of forest bathing
- People who are stressed and want to see if forest bathing and nature can help
- People who are interested in becoming a forest therapy guide
NATURE & FOREST THERAPY GUIDE Duncan is a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy guide living and working in Vermont. As an interdisciplinary thinker, Duncan has accrued his experience and knowledge from improvisational and film Meisner based acting, teaching, producing original theater, painting & sculpting, horticulture, land management and music. Duncan grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain in rural Vermont where his deep connection to Nature was formed. After receiving his Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Certification from ANFT in 2015, he began his official practice in New York City guiding the first Forest Bathing groups in Central Park. He worked as a Horticulturalist for the NYC parks Department and co-created the first shinrin-yoku forested walking trail on Randall’s Island. He moved back to Vermont in 2015 and began his work with the Intervale Center growing and planting native trees and stewarding the land. He now works at the Intervale Center as the Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator. He is part of the UVM Integrative Health Practitioner Network and frequently conducts Forest Therapy walks throughout the beautiful state with his organization, Nature Connection Guide.