Programs

  • $25.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Gazebo

Forest Therapy

With Kelly O'Mahony, SCN

June 2, 2024

Join us for Forest Therapy a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in nature to promote the well-being of both people and the land. Spend the afternoon in the forested areas on Nazareth’s campus with a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Kelly O’Mahony, SCN.

Reconnect with nature during this slow invitational walk.  Forest therapy recognizes that sensory experiences in nature are essential to the well-being of the human body, mind and spirit.

Nature and forest therapy promotes:

• The improvement of human health. People are more stressed, anxious, and depressed and have more chronic health conditions. Forest Therapy provides a pathway for people to remember how to immerse themselves in nature to rest from all that consumes them in their daily lives.
• A greater sense of connectedness. Jacques Cousteau once said, “People protect what they love.” A heartfelt, embodied relationship with nature naturally leads to a love of nature and recognition that we are nature.
• A greater sense of compassion. Somatic work with the Earth and our bodies provides participants the opportunity to remember the nature of relationship and the way we are all connected. The sense of connectedness leads toward compassion and away from apathy, greed, and selfishness. This deeper compassion supports the kind of relational values that will support new solutions for the health of people and the planet.

Leader

Kelly O’Mahony, SCN
Kelly O’Mahony, SCN developed a love for nature at a young age. She’s passionate about assisting people to enhance their own deep connectedness with the natural world. Kelly received her certification through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy that has trained more than 800 forest therapy guides in over 55 countries. She is a five-year Volunteer Naturalist with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and a member of the National Association of Interpretation as an interpreter of natural resources. In addition, she has done graduate work in environmental and sustainability issues.
Learn more about Kelly O’Mahony, SCN