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Maria Verdicchio

Maria Verdicchio

I am inspired and fuelled by Nature, and in 2018 was Certified as a Forest Therapy Guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides (ANFT) in the US. The ANFT is the leading global voice for forest therapy, setting the standards for nature and forest therapy guides worldwide. The many professional hats I have worn over the last four decades have taught me to be a skilled listener and workshop facilitator.

My strength is in deep relationships and holding space for others, developing a sense of reciprocity that supports the wholeness and wellness of all. 

Born in Vancouver, I first began guiding people in Nature in 1986 when I was a horseback guide in Jasper, Alberta, and then in Australia. Working with animals and being in nature on a daily basis was a dream, and I felt so grateful to have those experiences. I also began to realize the benefits of being immersed in nature and the positive effects it had on me, and the people I guided. I knew that I wanted to be able to share this with others, so I became a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide.

I am also an End of life Designer and use a pragmatic and heart-centered approach to help others face the ‘reality of their mortality’. Providing end of life education supports and empowers people to be more connected to their lives, become clear in their priorities, and grow into their relationship to self and others.

My Nature and Forest Therapy Experiences can be tailored to your private group's needs, including Forest Bathing for People Who've Experienced Loss. Please message me if you want to explore virtual and in-person options for your employees, friends, or family.

I look forward to being your Guide!

Maria @ NatureRx

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Dec 06, 2023 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Coming to you from old growth forest in British Columbia, Canada, experience Nature and Forest Bathing from your own home, garden or balcony,  anywhere in the World! Using Zoom you can dial in from your phone or computer over video or audio. Through a series of 'invitations', I will guide you slowly, intentionally, and mindfully move through your indoor or outdoor landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses. Actively communicate with the land and connect with others, wherever you are, over 1.5 hours. You can step away from your screens, if you prefer, simply follow the gentle invitations as you listen to my voice from your phone or computer. You're welcome to join from wherever you are. These online gatherings invite you to participate from a safe and familiar outdoor space near you, such as your garden, a local park or a nearby greenspace.  If you're unable to leave your home, you can participate by looking outside through your window, sitting next to an indoor plant, or gathering items that represent nature to you, such as rocks,  seashells, favorite images of nature, herbs, fruits and vegetables, wooden objects, etc. We will share our experiences with the group after each invitation. Silence is also a means of sharing, and no outcomes are expected. If you use the Zoom video link, you may call in on your phone or from your computer. You join by dialing in using a phone number, or use your data or internet connection. D‍ownload the Zoom app for your phone or computer here: https://zoom.us/. Comfort: For those who will be outside, I suggest that you dress a little warmer than usual since you will be moving slowly and possibly sitting on the ground. Having a small mat, bag, or cushion to sit on can also be nice. For those of you inside, I suggest sitting near a plant(s) and/or a window with a view outside, if possible. I will be sharing my view, so you can "experience" the outdoors through your screen as well. Zoom Tips and Etiquette: Please practice Group Etiquette by keeping your phone on mute unless invited to share. On Zoom, in the bottom  of your screen, there is a little microphone. Click on it to mute or unmute yourself. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, please commit to fully participating while you are on the group call and refrain from answering texts or emails. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Dec 11, 2023 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Experience Nature and Forest Bathing from your own home, garden or balcony,  anywhere in the World! Using Zoom you can dial in from your phone or computer for free over video or audio. Through a series of 'invitations', I will guide you slowly, intentionally, and mindfully move through your indoor or outdoor landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses. Actively communicate with the land and connect with others, wherever you are, over 1.5 hours. You can step away from your screens, if you prefer, simply follow the gentle invitations as you listen to my voice from your phone or computer. You're welcome to join from wherever you are. These online gatherings invite you to participate from a safe and familiar outdoor space near you, such as your garden, a local park or a nearby greenspace.  If you're unable to leave your home, you can participate by looking outside through your window, sitting next to an indoor plant, or gathering items that represent nature to you, such as rocks,  seashells, favorite images of nature, herbs, fruits and vegetables, wooden objects, etc. We will share our experiences with the group after each invitation. Silence is also a means of sharing, and no outcomes are expected. If you use the Zoom video link, you may call in on your phone or from your computer. You join by dialing in using a phone number, or use your data or internet connection. D‍ownload the Zoom app for your phone or computer here: https://zoom.us/. Comfort: For those who will be outside, I suggest that you dress a little warmer than usual since you will be moving slowly and possibly sitting on the ground. Having a small mat, bag, or cushion to sit on can also be nice. For those of you inside, I suggest sitting near a plant(s) and/or a window with a view outside, if possible. I will be sharing my view, so you can "experience" the outdoors through your screen as well. Zoom Tips and Etiquette: Please practice Group Etiquette by keeping your phone on mute unless invited to share. On Zoom, in the bottom  of your screen, there is a little microphone. Click on it to mute or unmute yourself. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, please commit to fully participating while you are on the group call and refrain from answering texts or emails. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Dec 13, 2023 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Experience Nature and Forest Bathing from your own home, garden or balcony,  anywhere in the World! Using Zoom you can dial in from your phone or computer for free over video or audio. Through a series of 'invitations', I will guide you slowly, intentionally, and mindfully move through your indoor or outdoor landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses. Actively communicate with the land and connect with others, wherever you are, over 1.5 hours. You can step away from your screens, if you prefer, simply follow the gentle invitations as you listen to my voice from your phone or computer. You're welcome to join from wherever you are. These online gatherings invite you to participate from a safe and familiar outdoor space near you, such as your garden, a local park or a nearby greenspace.  If you're unable to leave your home, you can participate by looking outside through your window, sitting next to an indoor plant, or gathering items that represent nature to you, such as rocks,  seashells, favorite images of nature, herbs, fruits and vegetables, wooden objects, etc. We will share our experiences with the group after each invitation. Silence is also a means of sharing, and no outcomes are expected. If you use the Zoom video link, you may call in on your phone or from your computer. You join by dialing in using a phone number, or use your data or internet connection. D‍ownload the Zoom app for your phone or computer here: https://zoom.us/. Comfort: For those who will be outside, I suggest that you dress a little warmer than usual since you will be moving slowly and possibly sitting on the ground. Having a small mat, bag, or cushion to sit on can also be nice. For those of you inside, I suggest sitting near a plant(s) and/or a window with a view outside, if possible. I will be sharing my view, so you can "experience" the outdoors through your screen as well. Zoom Tips and Etiquette: Please practice Group Etiquette by keeping your phone on mute unless invited to share. On Zoom, in the bottom  of your screen, there is a little microphone. Click on it to mute or unmute yourself. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, please commit to fully participating while you are on the group call and refrain from answering texts or emails. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Dec 19, 2023 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Experience Nature and Forest Bathing from your own home, garden or balcony,  anywhere in the World! Using Zoom you can dial in from your phone or computer for free over video or audio. Through a series of 'invitations', I will guide you slowly, intentionally, and mindfully move through your indoor or outdoor landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses. Actively communicate with the land and connect with others, wherever you are, over 1.5 hours. You can step away from your screens, if you prefer, simply follow the gentle invitations as you listen to my voice from your phone or computer. You're welcome to join from wherever you are. These online gatherings invite you to participate from a safe and familiar outdoor space near you, such as your garden, a local park or a nearby greenspace.  If you're unable to leave your home, you can participate by looking outside through your window, sitting next to an indoor plant, or gathering items that represent nature to you, such as rocks,  seashells, favorite images of nature, herbs, fruits and vegetables, wooden objects, etc. We will share our experiences with the group after each invitation. Silence is also a means of sharing, and no outcomes are expected. If you use the Zoom video link, you may call in on your phone or from your computer. You join by dialing in using a phone number, or use your data or internet connection. D‍ownload the Zoom app for your phone or computer here: https://zoom.us/. Comfort: For those who will be outside, I suggest that you dress a little warmer than usual since you will be moving slowly and possibly sitting on the ground. Having a small mat, bag, or cushion to sit on can also be nice. For those of you inside, I suggest sitting near a plant(s) and/or a window with a view outside, if possible. I will be sharing my view, so you can "experience" the outdoors through your screen as well. Zoom Tips and Etiquette: Please practice Group Etiquette by keeping your phone on mute unless invited to share. On Zoom, in the bottom  of your screen, there is a little microphone. Click on it to mute or unmute yourself. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, please commit to fully participating while you are on the group call and refrain from answering texts or emails. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

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