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Justin Ferko

Justin Ferko

Hi! I'm Justin Ferko. I'm a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. I'll be your guide on this Forest Bathing Walk! I look forward to sharing this experience of connecting to our senses and the Earth together.

I am a queer interspiritual guide, Earth poet, apprentice & chaplain to the More-Than-Human beings with whom I am in community. My spouse Craig and I live along the banks of the 300 millon year old Susquehanna River on ancestral Susquehannock lands in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Central Pennsylvania with our dogs Yeshe (whose name means "Wisdom") and Benny. Our rescue dogs have been important spiritual companions and teachers for me.

Our home is on the path of Canada Geese and White Egret flight to and from the creek to the river. Silver Maple in our backyard is the World Tree and home of a vibrant squirrel and winged community. Check out my other events here.    

I'm pleased to offer in-person and online walks for individuals and groups. Please message me or email me to schedule a walk for you or your community. I honor the land and all the past and present tenders of the land where I guide.

Some of my walk partnerships include:

Amethyst Retreat Center, Duncannon, PA

Silver Spring Township Parks and Recreation, Mechanicsburg, PA

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation

Fredericksen Public Library and Simpson Public Library (Cumberland Public Library System)

Princeton Theological Seminary: Center for Contemplative Leadership 

Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development: Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides

Online

Online

Feb 29, 2024 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Harrisburg, PA, USA

Forest Bathing or shinrin yoku is a nature-based mindfulness practice that invites us into our senses and relationship with our bodies and environment. Health benefits of this practice include lowered blood pressure, boosted immune system, enhanced focus and a sense of relaxation. Leap Day!: In this walk, we will focus on our senses and relationship with Earth, however that presents for each person. Taking Good Care: (AKA Release form) Please complete the form here in order to participate in the walk: https://forms.gle/FvFPYYYEfrTFJBAX8 What is a Remotely Guided Forest Bathing Walk? A remotely guided walk is an amazing experience for different bioregions, humans, and More-Than-Human communities of the Earth to speak to each other! As your guide, I will help you settle into embodied practice. Then, I will offer invitations to you to explore. Part of exploring includes not using the invitation, but rather responding to who or what is drawing your attention. The core practice is your own response to invitations on the land where you are. We will spend time responding and then return to our Zoom circle to share. Sharing is always optional. Holding supportive space while others share is an amazing offering. We follow this pattern until we end with a Tea Party. *A walk is not a hike. You will likely walk less than 1 mile and can fully participate without walking about if circumstances require. What you will need: Location: Choose a place outdoors (weather and health permitting) where you would like to be guided. Maybe this is a favorite park, your backyard, a nearby body of water. If the weather is inhospitable or you would not feel safe alone on a trail be sure to acknowledge this. Be aware of any trail hazards in your bioregion such as poison ivy, uneven trails, etc. Important points: Let someone know where you plan to go and when you will return. A location with public restroom facilities is an asset. Technology requirement: Smartphone devices with internet connection and video recommended for remotely guided walks. You may require additional power supply for smartphones during the session. If you are joining from home and using a laptop computer, be sure to have a timepiece with a timer that you can bring with you out into your yard so you know when to return to the group for sharing. Materials: Tea or coffee or your favorite beverage and a snack to save for the end of the walk Tea Party. Water for hydration, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, comfortable shoes, possibly a camp chair to sit, Epipen if prescribed.
Online

Online

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

Harrisburg, PA, USA

Forest Bathing or shinrin yoku is a nature-based mindfulness practice that invites us into our senses and relationship with our bodies and environment. Health benefits of this practice include lowered blood pressure, boosted immune system, enhanced focus and a sense of relaxation. Celebrating Spring in the Northern Hemisphere: In this walk, we will focus on our senses and relationship with Earth, however that presents for each person. Taking Good Care: (AKA Release form) Please complete the form here in order to participate in the walk: https://forms.gle/rimWHqsavUGWdNB47 What is a Remotely Guided Forest Bathing Walk? A remotely guided walk is an amazing experience for different bioregions, humans, and More-Than-Human communities of the Earth to speak to each other! As your guide, I will help you settle into embodied practice. Then, I will offer invitations to you to explore. Part of exploring includes not using the invitation, but rather responding to who or what is drawing your attention. The core practice is your own response to invitations on the land where you are. We will spend time responding and then return to our Zoom circle to share. Sharing is always optional. Holding supportive space while others share is an amazing offering. We follow this pattern until we end with a Tea Party. *A walk is not a hike. You will likely walk less than 1 mile and can fully participate without walking about if circumstances require. What you will need: Location: Choose a place outdoors (weather and health permitting) where you would like to be guided. Maybe this is a favorite park, your backyard, a nearby body of water. If the weather is inhospitable or you would not feel safe alone on a trail be sure to acknowledge this. Be aware of any trail hazards in your bioregion such as poison ivy, uneven trails, etc. Important points: Let someone know where you plan to go and when you will return. A location with public restroom facilities is an asset. Technology requirement: Smartphone devices with internet connection and video recommended for remotely guided walks. You may require additional power supply for smartphones during the session. If you are joining from home and using a laptop computer, be sure to have a timepiece with a timer that you can bring with you out into your yard so you know when to return to the group for sharing. Materials: Tea or coffee or your favorite beverage and a snack to save for the end of the walk Tea Party. Water for hydration, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, comfortable shoes, possibly a camp chair to sit, Epipen if prescribed.
Zoom

Zoom

Apr 01, 2024 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Harrisburg, PA, USA

April Fool's Day Walk: In this walk, we will focus on wonder, surprise and connection with Earth and our senses. Please complete the form here in order to participate in the walk: https://forms.gle/N8zUrcbm68yNBdGF6 Register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/843562065847?aff=oddtdtcreator
Online

Online

Apr 22, 2024 | 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.

Harrisburg, PA, USA

Earth Day Walk: In this walk, we will focus on connection to Earth with space for wonder and Eco-grief to be held. Please complete the form here in order to participate in the walk: https://forms.gle/dFXvjt2Tep2A5BeE7 Please register and pay at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-forest-bathing-on-zoom-tickets-843563219297?aff=oddtdtcreator

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