Forest Therapy Walks

Something New This Year!
Take a Walk in the Woods: Forest Therapy Walks

Spending time in nature is good for the body and the soul. Outdoor activity keeps us healthy physically and enjoying the beauty and sounds of nature encourages us to be more mindful, relaxed and creative!

Delegates at this year’s Latornell Conservation Symposium have an opportunity to experience the popular Forest Therapy Walk and to learn about how to possibly incorporate a similar event into your organization’s outdoor programs.

Three Walks are being hosted by accredited instructors from Kawartha Conservation and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. Delegates will be guided on exploring all that the forest has to offer as well enjoy a short tea ceremony.

Forest Therapy Walks Information
Day Time Limit
Day 1 (Tuesday) 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM 40 people
Day 2 (Wednesday) 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM 40 people
Day 3 (Thursday) 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM 40 people

Meet the Forest Therapy Walk Leaders

Stana Luxford Oddie
Stana Luxford OddieSenior Conservation Educator
Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
Stana Luxford Oddie joined the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority in September 1999 as the Education Officer. Along with program design, development, administration, and teaching, Stana also supervises and mentors Education staff, Queen’s Teacher Candidates, Volunteers and the Nature Explorers summer camp team. Stana is thrilled to be an accredited Forest Therapy Guide (Nov. 2016) and Mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.

The CRCA education department delivers interactive curriculum enriched Outdoor and Environmental Education and Nature Connection Programs to all ages ranging from preschool to senior participants.

Kristie Virgoe
Kristie VirgoeDirector, Stewardship and Conservation Lands
Kawartha Conservation
Kristie Virgoe is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and a member of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. She has a long standing relationship with nature that includes wandering the Andes Mountains, Ontario’s wild spaces, and providing Forest Bathing walks in Durham Region, York Region, Simcoe County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. In her professional life, Kristie is the Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands with Kawartha Conservation. In this role, she is able to work with dedicated landowners and the land they love so much. Kristie is the Chair of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and her work experience includes various Land Trusts and Conservation Authorities to help protect Ontario’s sensitive spaces and provide people with the opportunities to deepen their own relationships with nature. In her role as a Forest Therapy Guide, Kristie has led many groups through the forest bathing process including the York Region Forestry Department, College students, scientists and even the Minister of Health. Kristie and her family live in Cannington Ontario and can often be found on the many trails throughout the area.

What to Expect

A slow, connective and mindful experience with a lot of stillness, sitting and possibly even laying down on the earth (if you choose to). There will also be some very slow walking and we will travel less than a kilometer with stops along the way where we will gather and sit and share. Please be sure to use a bathroom before the walk. In an emergency you may do a “nature pee” though. The aim of the walk is to get out of our heads and into our bodies by using our senses to develop a connection with the forest. This is a very relaxed, slow and relational way of being in the forest.

What to Bring:

  • Please bring a water bottle or thermos with a hot drink
  • Wear comfortable, layered clothing. It’s suggested you bring one more warm layer than you think you will need. We will be moving very slowly and often being still so the fall temperatures may feel cooler than you expect if it is snowing. Bring anything else you may want to be warm and comfortable outdoors.
  • Waterproof, comfortable winter boots for walking on easy terrain.
  • Bring anything else you may want to be comfortable outdoors and sitting on the ground. We will have some sit upons and stools that you can opt to borrow and carry with you. Some people bring a small backpack to carry these items with them.

What is Forest Therapy?