Despite all its wondrous glory, winter with its colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours can be a tough time for people. Feelings of lethargy, being down and less motivated may arise. You’re not alone!
On average, about 6 percent Americans (most commonly in Northern climates) experience SAD, while about 14 percent of Americans experience the winter blues.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. 87% of their life is indoors, then another 6% of their life in automobiles. That’s only 7% of your entire life outdoors. That’s only only one half of one day per week outdoors. Ouch.
Nature is being recognized as a source of healing and restoration. Health care providers are currently prescribing time outdoors in 34 US states. Studies are showing us what we already intuitively know- we feel good when being in nature is part of our lives.
That’s me in the picture working as a horticulturist in the winter at the Parks Department in NYC. I worked long hours outdoors in the cold and I felt great doing it. I’ve arranged my life around optimizing my time outdoors using tried and true tools and techniques that I’d like to share with you. I’ve found that having a structured way such as scheduled outings and routines to encourage nature connection works best. May this program be the structure you need!
After receiving my Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Certification from ANFT in 2015, I began my official practice in New York City guiding the very first official Forest Bathing groups in Central Park. As a Horticulturalist I created the first shinrin-yoku forested walking trail on Randall’s Island.After 14 years working in NYC, I moved back to my home state of Vermont in 2015 to immerse myself deeply in nature. I am part of the UVM Integrative Health Practitioner Network and I frequently conduct Forest Therapy walks throughout the beautiful state with my organization I founded in 2017, Nature Connection Guide.
Week 1: March 2nd-9th
* Introduction Forest Bathing Walk I (Greater Burlington Area Secret Location ) Saturday March 1st @ 10am * Forest Bathing Walk II (Greater Burlington Area Secret Location) Saturday March 9th @ 2pm * Primary Sense Immersion: Sight * Assembling the gear and locating your sacred spots * Daily Tea
Week 2: March 10th-16th
* Sense Immersion: Hearing * Establishing Routine * Forest Bathing Walk III (Rock Point Trails, Burlington @3pm) * Daily Tea * Morning Ritual
Week 3: March 17th-23rd
* Sense Immersion: Touch * Full Moon Forest Bathing: (Greater Burlington Area Secret Location) Wednesday, March 20th @ 7:30pm * Daily Tea * Morning Ritual
Week 4: March 24th-30th
* Forest Bathing Walk V: Shelburne LaPlatte River, Saturday March 30th @ 10am * Sense Immersions: Taste & Smell * Daily Tea * Morning Ritual * Incorporating Nature Beyond the Program
See What Forest Bathing Participants Are Saying
“ I have never, ever in my life, taken 2 hours to walk 1/4 mile – and enjoyed it so much. You were right, it was quite different from anything I’d done, yet it all seemed so natural I had to wonder why I had never thought of doing it myself. Thus, the power of Forest Bathing! You are a wonderful guide -> I felt very comfortable with you right from the start, and so delighted in sharing the delights of my own small forest with you. You definitely shined a new light. ”
Once you pay for this course, 25 percent is immediately nonrefundable. We understand that sometimes circumstances beyond your control may require you to withdraw from a course. We’ll work with you on a case-by-case basis if any circumstance arises within the first week of your course. However, after seven days, we no longer offer refunds.
What if I’m not satisfied with the program?
If you follow the program, I personally guarantee that you will achieve these 3 outcomes in 30 days:
1. Spent more time outdoors
2. Decreased your stress levels, lesson feelings of anxiety
3. Developed a changed relationship to nature’s healing abilities
If you do not see these results, you will receive your full investment back.
Some Dates don’t work for me. Can I still take part in the program?
If one date does not work for you, let me know and if there are others in your situation, I will schedule an alternative walk.
NATURE & FOREST THERAPY GUIDE
Duncan is a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy guide living and working in Vermont. As an interdisciplinary thinker, Duncan has accrued his experience and knowledge from improvisational and film Meisner based acting, teaching, producing original theater, painting & sculpting, horticulture, land management and music. Duncan grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain in rural Vermont where his deep connection to Nature was formed. After receiving his Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Certification from ANFT in 2015, he began his official practice in New York City guiding the first Forest Bathing groups in Central Park. He worked as a Horticulturalist for the NYC parks Department and co-created the first shinrin-yoku forested walking trail on Randall’s Island. He moved back to Vermont in 2015 and began his work with the Intervale Center growing and planting native trees and stewarding the land. He now serves on the South Burlington Natural Resource Committee and is a board member of the South Burlington Land Trust. He is part of the UVM Integrative Health Practitioner Network and frequently conducts Forest Therapy walks throughout the beautiful state with his organization, Nature Connection Guide.
Nature Connection Guide
The Everyday Guide to deepening our connection and relationship with Nature for our health and the planet's prosperity.
NCG would like respectfully acknowledge that we are guiding in Vermont, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Abenaki People.