Meet your guide…
Christy grew up in Midwest farm country. The oldest daughter in a big, beautiful family, she learned well what was expected of her and followed suit. Hard work, music training, homemaking and care for others, young and old, were the focuses of her young life. In the spaces between, her time was in the gardens, reading, soaking up any available sunshine, walking the creek, or taking long bike rides on country roads. She spent her early adulthood studying opera and German, as an au pair in Austria, teaching English in Prague and teaching music and performing while enjoying small-town life in the Midwest between adventures while becoming a mother. She chose to home school her 4 children, living on hobby farm-with goats, chickens and ducks, a multitude of barn cats and Molly, a German Shepherd mix. These years provided a lot of time for chasing “squirrels”, exploring every avenue of curiosity that arose with her children. Then, going back to school at 42, she found that with her interests in religion, the spirit, and the natural world came a constant flow of energy. She has now founded and directs a music school at her local YMCA and has finished a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies. She looks forward to a Masters in Divinity, focusing on Eco-theology and how human's relationship with the earth can be healed by an evolving theology. As a certified Forest Therapy Guide, trainer and mentor with ANFT, she has found herself in the forests of the world, falling in love at every turn. In those forests, her voice, her commitments to herself and the world, and her love, strengthens. The curious girl from the Midwest has seen the work of the Divine in so many places and finds great joy in being a guide to those ready for this work and its rewards.
SPECIAL EVENT: Urban Forest Therapy - Camp Reinberg - Chicago, IL.
Jun 04, 2020 | 09:00 A.M. - 02:00 P.M.
1801 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60074, USAThis multi-day program will be held June 4th - 7th, 2020. This event is focused is exclusively focused on the needs of the Chicago-land area. In partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, we will be exploring Forest Therapy with our own guides and guests of the Forest Preserves. Urban forest therapy is a three night retreat in Northern Chicago offered to area guides and those invited by the FPCC. This will be an introduction to forest therapy for some and a deeper dive for others. Everyone will be taught as well as teach from their experiences in the forest as well as with the other participants. This is the first of many immersions to come, focusing on special populations of people in specific geographic areas. The Forest Preserves of Cook County is the largest and oldest forest preserve in the nation. Its hIstory names many dedicated and hard-working people with a like vision. The biodiversity of the preserves rivals the rainforests of the tropics. The focus of the preserves is not only environmental education, but recreation, which draws over 62,000 visitors per year.
Council of Waters and Trees - The Whidbey Institute
Oct 12, 2020 | 09:00 A.M. - 02:00 P.M.
6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236, USAThis multi-day program will be held October 12th - 16th, 2020. In this immersion we enter the liminal space of renewed possibility for deepening our connection with the more-than-human world through Forest Therapy and The Way of Council. The Whidbey Institute is located one hour north of Seattle. It has served as a home for transformational learning since 1972. The location supports an engaged, vibrant local community with a cultural and learning hub; invites a growing urban population looking for nature connection and contemplative space; and allows them to partner with a vibrant network of program leaders working in the areas of leadership development, ecosystem vitality, community resilience, and more. We exist for those who sense the urgency and responsibility of our time and feel called to respond The Institute has been founded on land that is located on the territory of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suqamish, and Snohomish tribes—the island Tscha-kole-chy, named Whidbey Island by colonial settlers.
Alchemy of the Forest - Cortes Island, BC, Canada
Oct 18, 2020 | 09:00 A.M. - 02:00 P.M.
Highfield Rd, Mansons Landing, Comox-Strathcona I, BC V0P 1K0, CanadaThis multi-day program will be held October 18th - 25th, 2020. Alchemy of the Forest is offered just one time in 2020. This will be a 7 night event at Hollyhock Leadership Center on Cortes Island. We will be immersing ourselves in the topic of transformation; the transformation that occurs when we come into connection with the natural world.