Some people may wonder, "If I don't have a Guide, how can I take myself out on a Forest Therapy walk?" As a beautiful follow-up to last week's post (check it out here), Forest Therapy Guide Nadine Mazzola gives us a glimpse of a first-hand experience of a self-guided walk. Nadine explores one of the invitations mentioned last week- 'Notice the Sparkles'- and shares a beautiful story of connecting to the Winter-beauty surrounding her. May Nadine's narrative inspire you to step outside this winter. Happy walking!
Winter time out in nature is beautiful. While the trees and plants lie dormant awaiting the warm spring sun, the land becomes draped in rain or snow. While the birds migrate and mammals cozy up for hibernation, the fungi kingdom bloom and spread their magic. Winter time brings with it a whole new sense to the land, yet many people are turned off from exploring and connecting with nature during this time. Fortunately for us, Forest Therapy Guide Brenda Spitzer shares with us three winter invitations to support your connection with nature through the season of cold, darkness and hibernation. We hope the invitations inspire you to bundle up, walk outside, and explore the winter-wonderland.
Here at ANFT Headquarters, we find ourselves heading into the middle of winter with less than 12 hours of sunlight available to us to enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding us. While we love the winter season for what it brings - turning inward, hibernation, wet and rainy (or even snowy) weather, and a sense of quietness- there are days when we long to be out in the vibrant forest, soaking up the dappled sun-rays on our warm skin. Thankfully, we have beautiful words and inspiring imagery we can turn to during our darkened days. We are honored to once again share with you a collection of Haiku written by Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Suzi Minor. Please enjoy and allow these words and images inspire you.
Every now and then we receive a story that warms our hearts and pays homage to the innate healing powers of being in connection with nature. Many people think that one must leave the city or suburbs to benefit from connecting to nature, yet there are opportunities to relate just outside our doorstep. Joan Vorderbruggen tells the tale of her neighbor Lisa, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and used Joan's backyard garden as a refuge throughout her treatment process. Joan writes about how designing gardens to mimic Earth's natural beauty provides opportunities for those who cannot take a stroll through the wild to benefit from spending time outside and in connection with the more-than-human-world.
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