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Donna Mansbart

Donna Mansbart

Mission Statement: To introduce as many people to Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and show them the way of working this wellness modality into their lives. Re-uniting us with nature like it once was. 

Vision Statement: To establish Forest Bathing as a valuable modality in life. My commitment to grow, educate, and practice the way of the guide for future enrichment.


A little about me 🙂 I have been in the Cosmetology industry for 41 years and never felt like I have gone to work a day in my life! What a blessing. All my time spent behind the chair I heard many stories and I told many stories, besides making people feel good about themselves. Residing in Seminole, Florida it gets very hot in the summer so in the past 6 years I was granted the opportunity to travel our beautiful country during the summer and in doing so a little flame inside me ignited. I was leaving Glacier National Park for the second time when all of a sudden this overpowering emotion rolled through my body and the trees called out to me… with a tear in my eyes and an ache in my heart I promised them I would be back! From that moment on I started my quest. 

I always enjoyed nature and being outdoors seeing the world through the lens of my camera. My clients enjoyed my pictures so much I designed a website just for them to follow me on my journeys. I brought nature to them. I would ask them to share their own memories of time spent in nature with me as well. A common thread among all is that nature brought us peace, happiness, solitude, awareness and these are just the tip of the iceberg! I noticed people spoke about their time in nature with great joy and vigor. 

As I transition into my next phase in life’s passion, forest bathing is the perfect fit. I told the trees I would find something that would keep me in the woods with them and share it with others. Blue Spruce Cohort with Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) taught me the way of the guide. As a certified forest therapy guide I now understand what that overwhelming emotion was, it was unconditional love for our planet and mother nature. I always loved nature but now I am in love with it and nurture my relationship with it daily. 

As a certified guide I invite you to come on this journey with me.

 

No matter how old you get,

may you always

stop to fill your pockets with smooth stones

empty snail shells &

other little treasures.

-Nicolette Sowder

Here are some of the 501 (c) (3) organizations that a portion of my donations will go to to support their work. If you would like to make an additional donation please click on their link below. Thank you for your genirosity!

Glacier National Park https://glacier.org/donate-to-glacier

Seminole Historical Society  https://www.seminolehistoricalsociety.org/donate

Florida Botanical Gardens  https://pinellas.gov/parks/florida-botanical-gardens/

Holloway Haven

Holloway Haven

Mar 09, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

11500 74th Avenue, Seminole, FL, USA

"A little piece of Old Florida" best describes this secluded property spanning two acres in Seminole. Behind the two circa 1950's homes sits an enormous undeveloped piece of land overflowing with native Florida flora and filled with lots of nooks and crannies. There are 97 majestic Live Oak trees laced with Spanish moss, providing a cool sensation, even on hot sunny days. Along with the abundant Oaks, you’ll find the property carefully landscaped as if Mother Nature herself had done it. Various Palm and fruit trees, vines, butterfly bushes, and a most recent addition of a Bromeliad garden are just some of the flora on site as well as a peacock or two!! I will be providing journals and pens for you! You can be creative and draw or do some creative writing or just jot down your thoughts. It will be a nice reflection book. We will close our walk with tea and snack and reflection.

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