Wild by Nature Forest Sanctuary

Explore Your Wild!

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir

Forest Bathing?  Forest Therapy?  Shinrin – yoku?

What’s it all about?

We all know that time spent in nature feels really good.

But it wasn’t until Japanese medical researchers discovered in the 1980’s, the science behind the benefits of nature to humans: decreased stress–related hormones such as cortisol; decreased blood pressure; increased natural antibodies to fight disease; and elevated feelings of happiness. Researchers world-wide report the astounding positive health and wellness effects of time spent in nature. Trees are nature’s diffusers: they give off essential oils that are absorbed into our bodies and improve our physical and mental well-being. There really is a mind – body – nature connection!

Forest Bathing is also known as Forest Therapy or Nature Therapy, and builds on the Japanese practice of shinrin–yoku. Translated it means “showering in the forest”. But Forest Therapy is much more than just a walk in the woods. By adding elements of mindful, creative explorations of the wonders of nature, participants de-stress, unwind and experience new connections to nature. In our Forest Bathing adventure, you will be led by a trained Forest Therapy guide through a series of invitations to enhance your exploration of nature all around you.

In our Guided Forest Bathing Eco-Adventures, you will be lead through our own private forest, home to wildlife and native plants of the Bruce Peninsula. Experience the unique escarpment landscapes of this beautiful UNESCO World Biosphere. 

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”

Mary Davis

Forest Therapy Experiences Open Saturdays from 11 - 4 or by chance

tea ceremony stump Colpoys forest

Guided Forest Bathing Experience

The adventure unfolds with a guided 2.5 hour forest bathing experience, during which your trained guide will extend invitations leading you to explore nature’s beauty in a mindful and fun way. Unplugging from the demanding outside world, you will be invited to relax, unwind, and de-stress, while interacting with nature in our private forest sanctuary, breathing in the forest’s natural essential oils.

gate entrance

Self-Guided Forest Bathing Experience

Explore the forest at your own pace by following posts that guide you around. Unplugging from the demanding outside world, you will be invited to relax, unwind, and de-stress, while interacting with nature in our private forest sanctuary, breathing in the forest’s natural essential oils.

We are located at 953 Dyers Bay Road beside the municipal parking lot (Paid Parking)

Payment by cash at gate, or payment can be ahead of time (we are set up for ecommerce), however cell service is poor in the area so can’t rely on that at gate.

A suggested cash donation of $20 for adults or $10 for youth ages 10 and over is recommended upon entry. A donation is required upon entry.

Groups and Corporate Events may also be accomodated. 

Please contact wildbynatureforestsanctuary@gmail.com for more information.

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