Meet your guide…
Kelly Bruce is a writer, freelance adventurer and mermaid at heart. She loves exploring with her dog and 1960 Airstream trailer in tow. Her career path has included journalism and communications, but her true passion is spending time in nature and inspiring people to get outside. Kelly's guiding journey began in 2016 in Colorado while teaching snowboarding and snowshoeing to people of all ages with various cognitive and developmental disabilities through an adaptive sports program. Often working with the visually impaired, she would turn their snowshoe walks into a sensory experience. When she learned of forest therapy, she instantly felt called to become a certified guide and help people connect to the natural world in all seasons. In 2018, she began her training in Sonoma, California with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, followed by a six month intensive practicum. She's thrilled to share the practice of forest bathing and nature therapy with the global community. Kelly is also a Forest Therapy Trail Certification Consultant, 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 Fri - Sun 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
Oct 26, 2021 | 01:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.
Pink Beds Trail Loop, U.S. 276, Pisgah Forest, NC, USAThe practice of forest bathing encourages you to slow down, relax and reconnect with nature by quieting the mind and awakening the senses. I'm looking forward to supporting your recharge in the stunning environment of Pisgah National Forest just one hour outside of Asheville and near Brevard, NC. Join me for a relaxing 2.5-hour stroll in our 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 walk culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks. 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!