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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

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Apr 21, 2024 | 11:00 A.M. - 01:00 P.M.

Dominion Brook Park, East Saanich Road, North Saanich, BC, Canada

We'll meet for a 2 hour guided walk, covering no more than 1km. Through a series of 'invitations', I will guide you through a standard sequence to slowly and intentionally to move through the landscape in way that cultivates presence, opening all of the senses. We will share our experiences with the group after each invitation. Silence is also a means of sharing, and no outcomes are expected. We will end our time with a forest tea that I offer, and a chance for questions, before you go back to your daily life. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Apr 21, 2024 | 01:15 P.M. - 02:45 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Embark on a virtual journey of Nature and Forest Bathing right from the comfort of your home, garden, or balcony—anywhere in the world! Forest Bathing, a gentle practice rooted in sensory awareness and nature connection, promotes overall wellness. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, as well as ecotherapy, ecopsychology, and nature connection, this experience is facilitated through Zoom. Join in from your phone or computer, via video or audio. No matter where you are, awaken your senses and foster a connection with yourself, nature, and others. Over 1.5 hours, I will guide you through a series of invitations, whether you're indoors or outdoors, encouraging presence and engaging all your senses. You may feel free to step away from your electronic devices and follow the gentle prompts as you listen to my voice. These virtual sessions invite your participation from a familiar outdoor space, be it your garden, deck, a local park, a forest trail, or nearby greenspace. If leaving your home isn't possible, you can still participate by gazing out your window, sitting beside an indoor plant, or gathering items symbolizing nature—rocks, seashells, favorite nature images, herbs, fruits, vegetables, wooden objects, etc. Between each invitation, we'll share our experiences with the group. Silence is also a form of sharing, and no specific outcomes are expected. Using the Zoom video link, you can call in on your phone or computer, dialing a phone number or using your data for an offline experience. ## Zoom Etiquette: Practice Group Etiquette by keeping your phone on mute unless invited to share. Locate the microphone icon at the bottom of your Zoom screen to mute or unmute yourself. To ensure the best experience for everyone, commit to full participation during the group call, refraining from answering texts or emails. ## Practical Tips: No special equipment is required for forest bathing. If you are outdoors: - use a small pack or fanny pack so you can be hands free, - have water or tea with you, - we will be moving slowly and sitting in place so wear comfortable clothing in layers, and dress according to the weather conditions, - wear footwear suitable for walking in natural settings are recommended, - consider carrying a mat or folding stool to be able to sit comfortably for up to 15 minutes If you're indoors: - position yourself seated or standing near a plant(s) and/or a window with a view outside, if possible. (I will be sharing my view, allowing you to "experience" the outdoors through your screen), - have water or tea with you Please reach out to me if you have any questions!
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Apr 28, 2024 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Forest Bathing has been proven to have a calming effect on the nervous system, leading to decreased levels of blood pressure and stress hormones, such as cortisol. During this Forest Bathing experience, we will bridge the gap between the human and non human world, through immersing ourselves and opening our senses. This is more than just a guided walk. Through guided sensory invitations we will attune ourselves to the rhythms of nature and the stories that live within us. I am not a therapist. Support for wellness, personal development, and perhaps healing comes from participants' interaction with the natural environment they are in. These guided virtual walks have one sole aim - creating and sustaining safe, meaningful, and relational contact between participants and nature. I don't diagnose participants, nor do I enter into agreements with you about specific complaint and goals for wellness. I am simply there to facilitate your experience. Through a series of 'invitations' I offer, these will help awaken your senses to deepen your connection with yourself, with nature, and with others. At the end of each invitation we'll share our impressions. **Schedule:** - **11:00 am - 12:30pm** **During the 1.5 hours of virtual Forest Bathing:** - **I will guide you slowly and intentionally from my trail** - **You may be outdoors on a balcony, on a beach, in the forest, garden or in your own home** - **We will explore reciprocity with the natural world** Please reach out to me if you have any questions!
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Apr 30, 2024 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Embark on a virtual journey of Nature and Forest Bathing right from the comfort of your home, garden, or balcony—anywhere in the world! Forest Bathing, a gentle practice rooted in sensory awareness and nature connection, promotes overall wellness. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, as well as ecotherapy, ecopsychology, and nature connection, this experience is facilitated through Zoom. Join in from your phone or computer, via video or audio. No matter where you are, awaken your senses and foster a connection with yourself, nature, and others. Over 1.5 hours, I will guide you through a series of invitations, whether you're indoors or outdoors, encouraging presence and engaging all your senses. Feel free to step away from your electronic devices and follow the gentle prompts as you listen to my voice. These virtual sessions invite your participation from a familiar outdoor space, be it your garden, deck, a local park, a forest trail, or nearby greenspace. If leaving your home isn't possible, you can still participate by gazing out your window, sitting beside an indoor plant, or gathering items symbolizing nature—rocks, seashells, favorite nature images, herbs, fruits, vegetables, wooden objects, etc. Between each invitation, we'll share our experiences with the group. Silence is also a form of sharing, and no specific outcomes are expected. Using the Zoom video link, you can call in on your phone or computer, dialing a phone number or using your data for an offline experience. Download the free Zoom app for your phone or computer here:(https://zoom.us/). ## Zoom Etiquette: Practice Group Etiquette by keeping your phone on mute unless invited to share. Locate the microphone icon at the bottom of your Zoom screen to mute or unmute yourself. To ensure the best experience for everyone, commit to full participation during the group call, refraining from answering texts or emails. ## Practical Tips: No special equipment is required for forest bathing. If you are outdoors: - use a small pack or fanny pack so you can be hands free, - have water or tea with you, - we will be moving slowly and sitting in place so wear comfortable clothing in layers, and dress according to the weather conditions, - wear footwear suitable for walking in natural settings are recommended, - consider carrying a mat or folding stool to be able to sit comfortably for up to 15 minutes If you're indoors: - position yourself seated or standing near a plant(s) and/or a window with a view outside, if possible. (I will be sharing my view, allowing you to "experience" the outdoors through your screen), - have water or tea with you Please reach out to me if you have any questions!
Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

Virtual/Remote Forest Bathing

May 01, 2024 | 02:00 P.M. - 03:30 P.M.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Forest Bathing has been proven to have a calming effect on the nervous system, leading to decreased levels of blood pressure and stress hormones, such as cortisol. During this Forest Bathing experience, we will bridge the gap between the human and non human world, through immersing ourselves and opening our senses. This is more than just a guided walk. Through guided sensory invitations we will attune ourselves to the rhythms of nature and the stories that live within us. I am not a therapist. Support for wellness, personal development, and perhaps healing comes from participants' interaction with the natural environment they are in. These guided virtual walks have one sole aim - creating and sustaining safe, meaningful, and relational contact between participants and nature. I don't diagnose participants, nor do I enter into agreements with you about specific complaint and goals for wellness. I am simply there to facilitate your experience. Through a series of 'invitations' I offer, these will help awaken your senses to deepen your connection with yourself, with nature, and with others. At the end of each invitation we'll share our impressions. **During the 1.5 hours of virtual Forest Bathing:** - **I will guide you slowly and intentionally from my trail** - **You may be outdoors on a balcony, on a beach, in the forest, garden or in your own home** - **We will explore reciprocity with the natural world** Please reach out to me if you have any questions!

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