Sensory Forest Walks
Let us introduce you to the wellness practice of Forest Bathing. Discover for yourself how engaging all your senses while in nature leads to relaxation and mindfulness, without trying. Using our senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing – to explore nature, brings us into the here and now. We help you slow down, so you can notice up close all the beauty of nature. Awe, wonder and your sense of playfulness are rekindled. Nature can be a great mirror for our own life experiences.It’s healing for the body and the mind. It’s uplifting for your spirits. And the effects will last days and possibly, up to several weeks.
Sensory forest walks are accessible to everyone. A walk is tailored to your group’s needs and abilities. Your walk location will also depend on where you are lodging or living in the area.
We have a number of trails to choose from for your walk location. We guide on gentle terrain so you can focus on your senses instead of safety.
Learn a new set of wellness tools in just one or two sessions that you can use regardless of where you live to improve your wellbeing. Practice on your own or as a family to empower everyone with self-care tools for life. It will also strengthen your family bonds with each other and with nature, a great way to foster stewardship of nature in your children. A backyard, neighborhood park or local trail is all you need to practice at home.
Our experiences are inspired by the Japanese wellness practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy, adapted for nature in the United States and to our culture. It means to bathe your senses in the atmosphere of the forest.
Forest Therapy is backed by several decades of research studies to understand its many physical and mental health benefits. They include reducing stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression, strengthening our immune system’s ability to fight infection and cancer and better sleep. To learn more, visit our Health Benefits page.
Sensory forest walks are accessible to everyone. A walk is tailored to your group’s needs and abilities. Your walk location will also depend on where you are lodging or living in the area. We have a number of trails to choose from for your walk location. We guide on gentle terrain so you can focus on your senses instead of safety.
“As part of a conference, I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to go Forest Bathing and loved it! Our guides supported our group of mostly urban dwellers, and we slowly found the peace, quiet and serenity that exists within the forest…and within ourselves. We all had the “best brag” when we compared notes with the other delegates who went on different experiences that day!”
Booking Forest Bathing
Our Forest Bathing guiding season in 2023 will run from April 1st to November 1st, 2023. Our experienced guides are Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Licensed NY State Hiking Guides.
Please use our Contact Form to request a reservation, or call Suzanne for next day or same day trips at (518) 651-6560.
Option 1 – Private Group
Book a private experience for you and your family, friends or work colleagues exclusively. We can tailor the experience to your group’s location, abilities and objectives.
- Duration: approximately 2.5 hours
- Children: 5 and up
- Maximum group size: 16 people
- Rates start at $200 for 1-5 people
- Additional participant fee: $35
- Main locations: Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake areas.
We can also add an informal workshop on how to take this wellness practice for more ongoing physical and mental health benefits, regardless of whether you live in a city, suburb, small town or the country.
Book early to ensure we have a guide available on the day of your choice.
Option 2 – Public Groups
We offer monthly introductory Forest Bathing programs where you can register by yourself or with other friends or family members. It is an opportunity to discover the practice and to meet new people with a similar interest.
These introductory sensory nature walks are offered on Sunday mornings. Registration is open to everyone and pricing is inclusive, with a sliding scale from $15-30 per person. Children 5 and up are welcome. We recommend pre-registering, but you can also drop in. Please arrive 10 minutes early, either way.
We meet in the parking area at Mt Pisgah Recreation Center, 92 Mt Pisgah Lane, Saranac Lake
We also partner with other organizations and events in the area to offer nature sensory walks. Registration is through our partner. Join us at The Wild Center for upcoming programs.
“Forest Bathing helps me connect with nature and with myself, and the living community that I am a part of.”
“Opening my senses landed me in my body, which quieted my mind without any effort.”
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