Here at Asheville Wellness Tours, our collective passion is to share the best of Asheville through the lens of wellness. We believe wellness can be lighthearted and fun (think: yoga hikes, burlesque dancing, and even wine tasting!), deep and meaningful (women’s circles, Tarot readings, cacao ceremonies), or anything in between! Our greatest joy is crafting experiences that encourage connection with yourself, others, and nature.
Experience the healing power of our wild world
The practice of forest bathing encourages you to slow down, relax and reconnect with nature by quieting the mind and awakening the senses. Join a certified forest therapy guide for a relaxing 2.5 hr stroll through the forest in our stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Through a series of invitations, you will have an opportunity to focus on being present in the moment, deepening your connection with nature and community, and enjoying the many gifts nature has to offer. The walk culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks.
Forest Bathing is a walk in nature during which your guide will share mindfulness practices and invitations designed to connect you more deeply to your inner landscapes as well as the world around you. Inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of immersing oneself in a forest environment, forest bathing walks invite guests to spend time in nature in a way that invites healing for both us, our fraught ecosystems, and our community. This is essentially a mindful, rejuvenating walk in the forest…no actual “bathing” required.
In light of current circumstances, any forest bathing experience you book with us will be set aside exclusively for you and your group…even if you’re a solo adventurer! Enjoy a unique way to practice self care and social distancing.
What Will I Do?
With the help of a certified guide, guests are led through a series of nature invitations during a leisurely walk on a gentle trail or pathway. The experience typically lasts two to three hours and culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks.
What Should I Bring?
Bring sun protection, bug repellent, water, an open heart and mind and anything else you need to be comfortable on this short, gentle trail. Comfortable, close-toed shoes are encouraged and be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing. Layers are your key to comfort and rain protection is always encouraged. Please remember that temperatures in higher elevations can be significantly lower than in town and rain is always a possibility. We will provide yoga mats for anyone who feels uncomfortable sitting on the ground.
Do I Need a Bathing Suit to Participate in Forest Bathing?
Nope! We’ll be immersing ourselves in the restorative forest atmosphere and aren’t bathing in the traditional rubber-ducky-in-the-bathtub sense. On warm days, we might have the opportunity to dip our feet in a mountain stream and a rain shower is always possible.
Who Is My Guide?
Kelly Bruce has been exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina for more than 30 years and loves adventuring with her two dogs and 1960 Airstream in tow. Journalism has been the focus of her career; however, her true passion is spending time in nature and inspiring people to get outside and explore. Kelly is certified as a forest therapy guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and a certified interpretive guide with the National Association for Interpretation. She holds current certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Kelly looks forward to sharing forest bathing with those in the Asheville area.