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Martha (Mattie) Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Martha (Mattie) Miller Decker, Ed.D.

Dr. Mattie Decker is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), an educator and a writer. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.”Shinrin-yoku in Japanese and Forest Bathing, are names for the medicine of being in the forest. Spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions, includes not only such benefits as cultivating wellbeing but each invitation is crafted to help participants slow down and open our senses, giving the forest access to our emotional, physical, and psychological and spiritual being. We discover our RELATIONSHIPS with the more than human world and how our presence may assist nature.
Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Oct 09, 2021 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

188 Mt Tabor Way, Hendersonville, NC, USA

We invite you to immerse yourself in the forest and experience your deep connection with the natural world, as you join the forest bathing walk on the pristine Transfiguration Preserve in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina. The walks are led by Dr. Mattie Decker, an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.” Many forest bathing walks will take place on our beautiful Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. Additional walks may be planned for other places of wonder that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. In addition to forest bathing walks, we look forward to offering special events that incorporate music, art, photography, writing, or foraging for edible plants into the forest bathing experience.
Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Oct 23, 2021 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

188 Mt Tabor Way, Hendersonville, NC, USA

We invite you to immerse yourself in the forest and experience your deep connection with the natural world, as you join the forest bathing walk on the pristine Transfiguration Preserve in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina. The walks are led by Dr. Mattie Decker, an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.” Many forest bathing walks will take place on our beautiful Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. Additional walks may be planned for other places of wonder that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. In addition to forest bathing walks, we look forward to offering special events that incorporate music, art, photography, writing, or foraging for edible plants into the forest bathing experience.
Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Nov 06, 2021 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

188 Mt Tabor Way, Hendersonville, NC, USA

We invite you to immerse yourself in the forest and experience your deep connection with the natural world, as you join the forest bathing walk on the pristine Transfiguration Preserve in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina. The walks are led by Dr. Mattie Decker, an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.” Many forest bathing walks will take place on our beautiful Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. Additional walks may be planned for other places of wonder that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. In addition to forest bathing walks, we look forward to offering special events that incorporate music, art, photography, writing, or foraging for edible plants into the forest bathing experience.
Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Nov 20, 2021 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

188 Mt Tabor Way, Hendersonville, NC, USA

We invite you to immerse yourself in the forest and experience your deep connection with the natural world, as you join the forest bathing walk on the pristine Transfiguration Preserve in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina. The walks are led by Dr. Mattie Decker, an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.” Many forest bathing walks will take place on our beautiful Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. Additional walks may be planned for other places of wonder that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. In addition to forest bathing walks, we look forward to offering special events that incorporate music, art, photography, writing, or foraging for edible plants into the forest bathing experience.
Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Dec 04, 2021 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

188 Mt Tabor Way, Hendersonville, NC, USA

We invite you to immerse yourself in the forest and experience your deep connection with the natural world, as you join the forest bathing walk on the pristine Transfiguration Preserve in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina. The walks are led by Dr. Mattie Decker, an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.” Many forest bathing walks will take place on our beautiful Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. Additional walks may be planned for other places of wonder that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. In addition to forest bathing walks, we look forward to offering special events that incorporate music, art, photography, writing, or foraging for edible plants into the forest bathing experience.
Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Transfiguration Preserve - Forest Bathing Walk with Dr. Mattie Decker

Dec 18, 2021 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

188 Mt Tabor Way, Hendersonville, NC, USA

We invite you to immerse yourself in the forest and experience your deep connection with the natural world, as you join the forest bathing walk on the pristine Transfiguration Preserve in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina. The walks are led by Dr. Mattie Decker, an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Mattie is also a mindfulness teacher, a Zen practictioner, an Episcopal oblate, and a retired professor of education. She is certified in wilderness medicine and first aid. Mattie likes to share this saying from her forest bathing mentors: “The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.” Many forest bathing walks will take place on our beautiful Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. Additional walks may be planned for other places of wonder that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. In addition to forest bathing walks, we look forward to offering special events that incorporate music, art, photography, writing, or foraging for edible plants into the forest bathing experience.

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