Way of the Guide ~ Forest Therapy

During this “time between times” as we continue “social distancing” and respect for the

wellbeing of all… we offer these opportunities to guide you, maintaining six feet distancing—

much as the trees do here—and together awaken more to our relationships with ourselves,

and the more-than-human world.​

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “Forest Bathing”.

Forest Therapy, Shinrin-yoku in Japanese and Forest Bathing, are names for the medicine of being in the forest. Spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions, includes not only such benefits as cultivating wellbeing but each invitation is crafted to help participants slow down and open our senses, giving the forest access to our emotional, physical, and psychological and spiritual being. We discover our RELATIONSHIPS with the more than human world and how our presence may assist nature.

Current Forest Therapy Groups

Marked Tree Vineyards
Deep Gap Road, Flat Rock NC

Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

$30 w/ local wine after the walk

For more information or to Register, contact Roger Bass

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you dress comfortably and bring any snacks or water bottle you need for yourself.

You are welcome to read or print and sign a copy of this release, but one will be provided before each walk.


To start your own Forest Therapy Group, schedule private sessions or inquire further into Forest Therapy, please get in touch with Mattie Decker.

About your Forest Therapy Guides

Dr. Mattie Decker is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy), educator and writer. Read more about Mattie.

Roger Bass is a naturalist, riverkeeper, and guide-in-training with ANFT. ​Read more about Roger.

~Way of the Guide~
Forest Therapy Registration

Thank you for your interest in Forest Therapy. Please take the time to fill out the information below.

Each participant is required to sign a Forest Therapy waiver before each session.

Which Forest Therapy event would you like to register for?