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CRCA Forest Therapy Walk at Parrott's Bay

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Parrott's Bay Conservation Area located between Amherstview and Bath. The entrance is on Loyalist Parkway (Hwy. 33)

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) is continuing its innovative and immersive Forest Therapy Walks program, as a way of encouraging area residents to reconnect with nature in a deeper, more meaningful way.

The practice of Forest Therapy was founded through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, based in California. The founders of this mindful, healing and connective practice were inspired by the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku” which translates as “forest bathing.” Research has determined that spending time in nature not only strengthens the human immune response and reduces stress, but also makes us more creative, mindful, and content in our lives. It may also inspire an environmental ethic that leads to positive changes in our behaviour, and a decreasing personal impact.

For a change of scenery from past walks, this walk will take place at the Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area, between Amherstview and Bath ( on Thursday, Fed. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Register for this walk at

Our Forest Therapy Walks will be guided by the CRCA’s Senior Conservation Educator, Stana Luxford Oddie who is accredited by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Luxford Oddie has more than two decades of experience connecting people of all ages to nature.

She explained that the aim of the Forest Therapy Walks is to get you out of your head and into your sensing body, to a deepened relationship with the more-than-human world. In Forest Therapy, the guide opens the door and the forest is the therapist.
Everyone can benefit from Forest Therapy Walks such as, but not limited to, people recovering from illness, youth, active military personnel, veterans, people recovering from loss, students, professionals, parents, people looking to better their mental health, first responders and seniors - anyone who is looking to de-stress, slow down, heal and connect with nature.


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