We live in a world designed to distract us. Our clicks and views are worth money and so our technology has been well adapted to ensnare and maintain engagement. But we are adaptable creatures and thus we become acclimated to that information bombardment. We become habituated to distraction and information overload. In so doing we have become stressed out and uncomfortable with silence and stillness, all of which takes its toll on our health.
It is no surprise that the need for self-care is on the rise and that so many have taken to ideas like Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy to find solace and healing in the woods. I can’t say I have ever met someone who did not instinctively feel that getting outdoors is good for you. Simply tuning out from the assault on our senses modern life has become is enough to begin rediscovering ourselves. The beneficial effect of spending time in nature has not gone unnoticed. Japan was the forerunner in this research and it has since swept the globe. The science backing practices like Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy is staggering. Such practices are no longer relegated to the touchy-feely or New Age sort it is sometimes attributed to. Everyone from stay-at-home parents to CEOs have begun to embrace this simple yet rewarding practice.
Hudson Valley Forest Therapy is here to meet that need for self-care in the New York City area up through the mid-Hudson Valley region by offering affordable services including Forest Therapy walks and hikes, transformational coaching, meditation primers, and retreats.
Through John’s guidance, I reconnected with a part of me and with nature that I had long forgotten as a person who lives amongst buildings, cars and trains. I found my childish wonder return, and my desire to feel more present and connected in the trees as well as after I returned home. It seems to me that John is a skillful facilitator that helped me connect more with my natural environments as well as connect more with myself.
I wasn’t at all sure what to expect today. I am so happy I attended. We had a great group of people and the venue was perfect. Our guide, John was very organized, kind and informative. I left the walk feeling both relaxed AND invigorated. After a few reflective “invitations” from John and the forest, we ended with a lovely tea and chat session.
A lovely place and charming way to spend the morning. You will leave with a deeper connection with the natural beauty around you.
During his forest therapy meetup, I shared that I was feeling depressed and lonely. When the event was over John took his time packing up his gear and just sat with me. I said I knew he had a two-hour commute home and did not have to and he just chuckled that he was fine where he was. Later I asked for some advice and he said something about me being the better qualified person to answer and offered me a free coaching session under the trees. Wow, I don’t know much about coaching but it reall… Read more
Lovely experience. Our host John provided a supportive atmosphere to calm and relax and appreciate our time together and the nettle tea was wonderful!
Thanks to John’s exceptional guidance I now have a broader perspective of my relationship with nature.
If you want to discover, try something new or realign with whom you are, try forest therapy. John is an outstanding life coach. He combines the senses and nature for self-discovery. Coach John is inspirational, humble, and sees coaching as art and a discipline. He takes excellent care of the group through the walk and at the end, he had tea and snacks for us! Who does that and he played the flute. Forest therapy is a good ending or beginning for the week. Thank you, John.
What an amazing experience! A great mini getaway from the busy city life. John was super welcoming and informative! Would definitely do this again!
What a fun guide! Thanks for making me feel comfortable since I did not know anyone. I had a blast!!!
John has such a calming demeanor and brings such warmth and soul to his forest therapy programs. I highly recommend spending this guided time in nature if you’re feeling burnt out and disconnected from nature. The world would be such a better place if more people took the time to get back to nature and mindfulness in this way!