I will guide you on an immersive, meditative, and therapeutic forest walk based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. We will slow down and connect with our senses to the healing, stress-reducing beauty of a little-known hidden corner of Minneapolis' green forested spaces. We will slip away from our phones and revive our relationship with the forest and ourselves via unique invitations. We will share our stories and then share a tea ceremony at which we will drink tea brewed from foraged plants. We will re-enter the tame world, renewed with the gift of nature that can be enjoyed time and again.
I'm a ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, and an award-winning landscape architect with nearly 20 years of experience. I will bring the unique perspective of a designer's eye and philosophy to each walk. I am the recipient of fellowships that have connected me with forests and cultures in the U.K. and Japan. I teach and speak on the healing power of nature. I'm funny, personable, welcoming, and kind.
Trail Mix/Fruit An ever-changing blend of Dried Fruits and Trail Mix. (Please let me know if you have nut allergies.)
Forest Tea - wildcrafted ceremonial tea made from foraged plants.
The Westwood Hills Nature Center is an incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem tucked away on the western edge of Minneapolis. This location has numerous trail options for walks of different lengths and multi-seasonal interest. Not many local residents even know about this green and quiet corner of the city. Guests will love feeling deep in the forest, despite being deep in the city.
Closed-toed hiking boots/shoes
If weather is dangerous, the experience will be cancelled within 24 hours. Dangerous weather includes thunderstorms and negative winter temps. The experience is very low-impact. Restrooms are available.
Forest Bathing at Westwood Hills