What should I Expect on a Forest Therapy Walk?
Wild Philadelphia walks follow what is known as the standard sequence for Forest Therapy. Your guide will greet you at the designated meeting space and provide an introduction to the group. From there, your guide will take you through a series of “invitations” or prompts to help you connect with your senses and the land. Invitations are 100% optional and there is no right or wrong way to do them. The walk will blend time for solitude in nature with some light sharing. Participants will be invited to share in any way that feels right to them – silence is also a welcome form of sharing. The walk will vary between wandering, sitting, and standing, and will cover no more than 1 mile. We’ll conclude the walk with a tea ceremony and snacks.
What should I BRING?
You’ll receive an email detailing everything you need to know before your walk. For most walks, we recommend that you bring:
something to sit on (cushion, towel, tote bag, folding stool – whatever works for you)
bottle of water
comfortable clothing and walking shoes
a light backpack to carry your belongings and have your hands free
What is the difference between public, private, and corporate walks?
Public walks are forest therapy experiences that anyone can register for. Advance registration and payment are always required.
Private walks are for groups of 2 to 20 that would like a more intimate experience.
Corporate walks are for employers and employees that would like a unique de-stressing, team building experience, customized for their group.
IS THis a substitute for counseling or talk therapy?
Forest and nature therapy is NOT a substitute for other forms of mental health care. However, it can be a great addition to your toolkit of resources to tend to stress, anxiety, and depression.
Are Kids Allowed?
Wild Philadelphia offers select “kid friendly” walks, which are tailored in such a way that both children and their accompanying adults can benefit! Parents and guardians should expect to stay with their children for the duration of the walk. Be sure to check that a walk is marked as child friendly before registering.