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Perhaps you have heard the term, "Forest Bathing"? Nature & Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition, from a slow walk in the forest or other natural environments. We look to build on those benefits by reminding people that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. Our Forest Therapy Walks draw on the latest developments in the field of nature connection, and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness promotion.
Nature & Forest Therapy is a practice. It is open-ended; there is no prescription for what a person "should" experience, or what benefits they "should" receive. Instead, it is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity, in which the natural world and the practitioner find a way to work together that supports the wholeness and wellness of each. In Nature & Forest Therapy, there is a clearly defined sequence of guided events that provides structure to the experience, while embracing the many opportunities for creativity and serendipity offered by nature and the individual inspiration of each guide.
Nature & Forest Therapy is not a naturalist walk, rather, it is a slow meditative walk in nature that takes a holistic view to the physiological, mental, emotional, and psycho-spiritual benefits to be derived from an embodied contact with nature, and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellects. Nature & Forest Therapy can be viewed as an effective strategy to maintain and boost immune strength in human beings. The walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires no exceptional skill or physical exertion.
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Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit NJ
A very special walk on an auspicious day. Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and the 'turning toward the light' that occurs on the...
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit NJ
On September 11, 2022 we'll begin a monthly walk at the magnificent Reeves -Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ. Reeves-Reed educates and enriches its visitors so that they become better stewards of nature and the environment. Proud to be conducting walks here.!
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For You, For Humanity, For the Earth, For Something Greater
Rich is a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), based in Morristown & Barnegat Light, New Jersey. His company, Friendly Territory, specializes in Nature & Forest Therapy walks. He is a husband, proud father and grandfather, entrepreneur, and daily meditator.
“Having traveled to Japan for many years, I began to hear about Forest Bathing and the amazing effects it was having on people’s health through the deepening of a reciprocal relationship with the natural world. So, I began trying it on my regular visits there. After a particularly powerful experience on a recent visit, I thought to myself: 'This is something I can do for the rest of my life'. I returned home with the intention of starting a Forest Bathing practice here. To my delight I discovered that the ANFT was operating with an approach inspired by the Japanese concept but adapted for North America. I applied, was accepted, and took part in their intensive training program. I most appreciate their vision of what our job is as Guide: The Forest is the Therapist, the Guide holds the space for the healing to occur.”
Please contact me directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Monday - Friday: 7am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed