The Summer Day, Mary Oliver
Hello, I am Leesa, your guide at Flow foREST Therapy. I love exploring our wild world slowly. I work in partnership with nature, sharing gentle physical, sensory and creative practices, which connect the wellness & wellbeing of our wild selves with our planet. When we work together, I share my experience & skills as a Nature Mentor, Creative Arts Therapist & Certified Forest Therapy Guide INFTA. I meet you, as you are. Just bring your curiosity. I prioritise accessible experiences, so everyone can enjoy wellness through nature connection.
Nature is the therapist. As your guide, I open the door for you to experience its physical & therapeutic healing.
I share simple nature connection practices which are part of the daily rhythm of my life. Nature reminds me to slow down, go outside, tune in & notice the creative flow of the natural world. I am restored by my sense of connection & belonging. For this, I am grateful.
As your guide, I create a relaxing & refreshing experience. During our activities, I may guide you to move slowly, or pause & sit, as nature unfolds around you. There is space for quiet listening & reflection, as we inquire through all our senses. If you wish, there is also the opportunity to connect and share your experience.
As a Nature Mentor, I work with you intuitively, to build meaningful connections with yourself, others & the wild world. As a Forest Therapy Guide, activities follow the standard set by the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy, as specified by the International Nature & Forest Therapy Alliance INFTA.
A Forest Therapy Guide is an experienced professional who is certified and qualified with specialist skills, knowledge and competencies in the application of Forest Therapy as a Public health practice in suitable forests and nature settings
"Forest Therapy (Shinrin Yoku) is a research-based public health practice of guided immersion in forests with the aim of promoting mental and physical health whilst relaxing and enjoying the forest." INFTA
The many benefits of being in nature include: reduced stress, increased immune function, enhanced creativity and sleep, and improved mental health. Forest Therapy is gaining acknowledgement globally as an evidence-based, cost-effective and natural medicine for public health.
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