Meet your guide…
Kelly Bruce is a writer, forest therapy guide and nature connection mentor. Her career path includes journalism and communications, but her true passion is being in nature and inspiring others to get outside. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where she works with the young and young at heart to explore and enhance their relationship with the natural world. Her mission is to share the practice of forest bathing and help cultivate a deeper connection with nature, community and ourselves.
She's thrilled to share the practice of forest bathing and nature therapy with the global community through virtual experiences and leads in-person walks throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Kelly is an Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Certified Guide, Forest Therapy Trail Certification Consultant, and a Certified Interpretive Guide with National Association for Interpretation. She is Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified by the American Red Cross.
Kelly is a proud member of the ANFT-certified Forest Bathing guiding team at Asheville Wellness Tours. In collaboration with Christa Hebal, Kelly Bruce, and Dr Mattie Decker, Asheville Wellness Tours offers public walks every Friday through Sunday and private walks daily upon request year round. If you're interested in experiencing a walk with Kelly specifically, please be sure to include a note in your inquiry. We're looking forward to sharing the magic of the forest with you!
Pisgah National Forest - Asheville Area, Blue Ridge Parkway
Pink Beds Trail Loop, U.S. 276, Pisgah Forest, NC, USAREFRESH | RESTORE | RECONNECT | Start 2022 off on the right foot. Reset and refresh after the busyness of the holidays. Join me for a gentle, mindful walk to reconnect to nature, community and yourself. The practice of forest bathing encourages you to slow down, quiet the mind and awaken the senses. This relaxing 2.5-hour stroll takes place in Pisgah National Forest in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Through a series of invitations, you’ll have the opportunity to be present in the moment, deepening your connection with nature and community, and enjoying the many gifts nature has to offer. Inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of immersing oneself in a forest environment, forest bathing walks invite guests to spend time in nature in a way that invites healing for ourselves, our fraught ecosystems, and our community. It is true nature therapy! The experience culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks. This gentle and restorative walk is suitable for most ages and activity levels and will not exceed 1 mile round trip. Prefer a private experience? Private walks are available daily, year-round, with advance notice. Please reach out anytime with questions or requests. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!