For this invitation I ask people to imagine putting whatever concerns, worries, pains, suffering or distractions on a grapefruit-sized stone or another piece of hefty matter around the area.
They are then invited to leave the stone (or whatever it is they picked-up) with its new weight in a circle where we are standing; I add that the land where we are standing will keep these safe until we return and pick them up, if we wanted to.
Note: While this invitation can be experienced alone, Bibi uses it in a group setting. Participants do not need to express to the group what troubles they want to set aside or share with the group what the experience was like for them but are welcome to if they'd like. Forest therapy invitations can be practiced in a wild forested area as well as a city park, backyard, or even with a house plant.
The methods are highly effective not only in forested and natural areas but also in man-made environments such as city parks and botanic gardens. Forest Therapy skills can be readily integrated with health promotion, psychotherapy, social work, recreation, nature education, professional coaching, employee wellness programs, conservation efforts and many other specialties. It is a powerful, positive and natural practice that we are passionate about sharing.
If you would like to learn more about Forest Therapy Guiding click the image above. To practice more Forest Therapy invitations click the image below. Feel free to share.