Forest Therapy & Mindfulness
with Dr. Mattie Decker
Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
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 literally translates to “Forest Bath”.
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.
"Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate.
But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond."
—Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweetgrass)
Experience Forest Therapy
Schedule a Private or small group walk Mattie Decker at 828-333-3508
About your Guide
Dr. Mattie Decker is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy), educator and writer.