- Joanne Scofield
Joanne is a certified Forest Therapy Guide, through GIFT (Global Institute for Forest Therapy). Joanne grew up in a small town in northern B.C. where a forest of pine trees was an extension of her backyard and where she spent a lot of time playing and exploring. Without being aware at the time, this was the start of her experience of deep nature connection. Throughout her adult life, she has found connection and healing in the natural world and enjoys creating space to support others in their journey. Joanne also has an interest in labyrinths, meditation and exploring creativity to support personal and spiritual growth. Joanne enjoys spending time outside, walking with her dogs, Sadie and Rosie. She lives in Penticton, the traditional and unceded lands of the Syilx / Okanagan peoples.
- Friday - Sunday September 08 - 10, 2023
- All Day
Forest Bathing Retreat
4 p.m. Friday, September 8th to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 10th, 2023
$100.00 plus accommodation and meals.
About Forest Bathing
The experience of forest bathing, or forest therapy, is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, (literal translation to ‘Forest Bathing’), which started in the early 1980s. It is a practice of deep nature connection, of slowing down, being present to the moment and experiencing the natural world through one’s senses. As participants open themselves to all that nature offers, they often benefit from the healing features of a natural environment including feeling relaxed and renewed.
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What to expect
During our time together, you have the opportunity to get away from your daily routine and activities, to relax, and to enjoy time reconnecting with yourself, in nature. There will be guided Forest Bathing practices, opportunities for journaling, reflection and creative activities (no artistic talent required!). There will also be time for you to spend on your own, to go for walks, to relax.
There is opportunity for a range of experiences, depending on what you would like to get out of the retreat. In our practice of deep nature connection, I use the language of “invitations” or “practices” to facilitate a deepening connection to nature. We will pulse in and out of time on your own and with the group, with opportunities to share with the group, as you feel comfortable. You may be looking to relax and rejuvenate, or you may be seeking deeper connection with self and nature. There is space for all those experiences.
As you leave the retreat, you may leave in a different place than where you started, benefiting from the healing aspects of deep nature connection and moving toward greater sense of caring for yourself, others and the other than human world. You may also experience some of the health benefits of being in nature, including relaxation and stress release. This time in nature may also open space for you to deepen into your journey of self-discovery, spiritual growth and connection to the natural world.