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Alyse Rynor

Alyse Rynor

Living in the Chicago area, a connection with nature feels vital. Far too many people in urban environments have become nature-deprived. That's why as an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, I'm passionate about helping city and suburban dwellers connect with the more-than-human-world. And with an abundance of natural and forested places within reach, I find Chicagoland perfect for experiencing the benefits of a Forest Bathing walk. 

My work as a Forest Therapy Guide blends well with my profession as a Licensed Therapist & Women's Transformational Coach. But I won't be doing therapy on the trail -- because the forest is the therapist. The guide opens the doors. As a guide, I have no prescribed agenda that participants need to fulfill on a walk. Each person receives whatever they need from the forest and each experieinces forest therapy in their own way.

For me, time in the forest often feels like coming home. I also hold certification as a health coach in holistic nutrition and as a high conflict divorce coach for women.  For years, I thought to connect to nature that I had to live out west or in the high desert. Even though those are beautiful places, my senses have fully opened to the abundance of nature that surrounds me right here in my own home town. I might awaken each morning to a mutlitude of bird songs, the budding flowers of spring, the gorgeous colors of fall or a fresh snowfall. I know I can go to a park and spend time with a tree or sit on a rock overlooking Lake Michigan to fully experience feelings of peace and connection.  

I find my world opening up in a new ways as I spend more time in nature. I've become more centered, less stressed and feel happier. I wonder what the stillness of the wild holds for you and what you might discover when you greet the forest? To find out, you're invited to join me on one of the upcoming walks. I'd love to meet you - and together for just a few hours let go of our devices, get away from our fast-paced lives and step onto the trail where we can slow our pace and embrace the wisdom and healing that the forest has to offer.  

Personalized forest bathing walks are a wonderful way to share a unique experience: with a group of friends (adults 18+), for couples to celebrate an anniversary, for birthdays, corporate events or as a part of a staff retreat. 

Harms Woods

Harms Woods

Sep 14, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Glenview Woods, Harms Road, Glenview, IL, USA

Unwind, slow down and leave your cares at home. Come join us for an immersion into nature. We're meeting at Harms Woods, where we can absorb the gifts of the forest through all of our senses. Forest Bathing is not a hike nor a plant identification talk. Also known as Forest Therapy, it offers you a way to nurture your physical and emotional wellbeing through various "invitations" provided to guide you in connecting to yourself and to the more-than-human-world. With busy lives, may have forgotten our connection. That's why as we experience nature, it can feel like we've returned home. On our slow walk, we cover less than a mile in 2 hours, which include invitations to explore and experience our surroundings through our different senses. There are opportunities for group sharing and a tea gathering to honor our experience. Dress for the weather and uneven terrain and be sure to bring water. You may sign up through the link provided here. Rain date Sunday, Sept 15th.
Ryerson Woods Conservation Area

Ryerson Woods Conservation Area

Oct 05, 2024 | 09:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Ryerson Conservation Area, Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL, USA

We'll meet outside of the Visitor Center before journeying onto the trail for a slow, soothing walk into the woods that will cover less than a mile. During the walk you'll be guided through a sequence of activities called "invitations". These invitations are meant to help you to experience a deeper connection to the more-than-human world, to others and to yourself. There is no right or wrong way to do an invitation, it's about your personal experience to the more-than-human-world. We'll have various times for sharing throughout, along with deep listening, as we journey on the trail. The walk will conclude with a tea ceremony and light snacks. You will be walking and sitting, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Long pants are helpful as well as shoes good for uneven terrain. Please bring water and maybe some bug spray. Light sprinkles of rain won't stop us. But just incase - the Rain Date will be: Sunday, Oct. 6th. At the conclusion of a walk, many people report feelings of deep relaxation and rejuvenation. If the forest calls to you, or even if you had never considered something like this, invite a friend and join us. You may sign up through the link below.

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