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Serena Vogel

Serena Vogel

I am Serena Vogel and I am a certified nature and forest therapy guide. I created Restoring Connections Forest Therapy to provide time and space in natural spaces to help others experience relief from the overwhelm of our fast paced culture. Along side this is my lifelong love of nature and being outdoors. After a deeply meaningful encounter with some giant redwood trees in 2019, I came to understand how to be in relationship with the natural world, rather than a visitor.

In 2020, I was introduced to the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT) and was pleased to learn I could become trained in bringing people and the forest together. I experienced so much restoration and renewal that I knew I wanted to share this. My own on-going forest therapy practice continues to provide respite, resilience and joy while navigating the challenges of life. 

Becoming a forest therapy guide makes sharing this practice possible while allowing walk participants to create their own journey to encounter themselves and the forest without any agenda or prescribed outcomes from me as the guide. We each get to decide what we need from these experiences with nature. 

I am retired from 30 years as a middle school counselor and am also a Restorative Justice practioner, trained specifically in peace making circles as well as harm repair. My other activities include volunteering as an animal keeper at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, hiking with my husband, and Great Dane, Tobin and a writing practice known as story weaving.

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Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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