Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing, is a slow and relaxed stroll of about 3 hours and a distance no longer than 2 miles, through a natural environment. During the walk, Gabriela Guedez – Certified Forest Therapy Guide and BLC Ambassador – will help you awaken your senses and slow down to be present, away from your worries, and connected to nature.
Forest therapy is inspired in Shinrin Yoku (which literally means forest bathing), that began in the early 80’s in Japan, in response to high stress levels in the country’s population that lead to a spike in cancer and autoimmune diseases. The government of Japan wanted to create a way to get people out into nature again, to have spaces for leisure and relaxation. Through a series of studies they found how beneficial it is to be in touch with Nature.
The practice is backed up by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy in Arizona. The ANFT is the strongest and best-organized forest bathing organization outside of Japan.
Gabriela is a Forest Therapy Guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). Nature is her office and outdoor activities are her passion.
She partners with people to repair and rebuild relationships with the Land and the More Than Human World, as a foundation for healing people and the planet.
deepening relationships of reciprocity.
A Business Analyst from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. Born and raised in Venezuela, currently living in Houston, Texas with more than 18 years of experience working for different multinational corporations in the Fortune ranking Global 500®. Being a native Hispanic allows Gabriela to apply her knowledge of the culture and assist in coordinating and communicating with Spanish speakers in North America and Spanish-speaking countries.
“The forest is the therapy, the guide opens the door”