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Our Mission

To connect people with nature and promote healing of the earth and all beings.

Wander amongst stately trees that were once marked for logging, now preserved for the future through our own efforts.  Or marvel at what once was a quarry, where wildlife now thrives due to our tree plantings over the last decade.  We truly believe we are part of the earth, and it is part of us all.

Who We Are

Forest therapy is more than just a walk in the park. Training completed through both ANFT(Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) and GIFT (Global Institute of Forest Therapy) provided the certifications to guide forest therapy programs. We believe that guided by nature, we heal and that and our role as the guide is to open the doors to the healing powers of nature.

Barbara Rabicki - certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Barbara Canning

Owner & Certified Forest Therapy Guide

Barbara Canning has devoted her life to environmental stewardship. As a career Parks and Forestry manager, graduate horticulturist, landscape designer, and ISA certified arborist ON-1413A, she has led programs to increase tree canopy cover & protect trees, created beautiful pollinator-friendly gardens, and taught workshops on eco-friendly green gardening practices. As a certified forest therapy practioner, Barbara and her family have planted and nurtured thousands of young trees and native plants to promote healing of the earth.

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Wild By Nature Forest Sanctuary - Laurie Canning

Laurie Canning

Head of Natural Lands

Laurie Canning’s childhood as a 6th generation member on the family farm instilled deep connections & respect for the earth, with fond memories of feeding the animals, playing in the forest, marvelling at birds, and enjoying homemade pies brought out to the fields at harvest time. Laurie’s environmental stewardship efforts also have deep roots, as he tends the land with respect and care for the future.

Laurie still harvests and plants for his family members every year, as well as tending to our own little organic hobby farm.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkein