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In this fast-paced, digital age, we often find ourselves disconnected from the natural rhythms of life. These moments can seem elusive, hidden behind screens and schedules.

This disconnection can leave us feeling ungrounded and overwhelmed, longing for a deeper sense of peace and connection. We may find ourselves craving moments of stillness and clarity, where we can breathe freely and listen to the quiet whispers of our own hearts.

Yet, amidst the chaos, there is a timeless remedy that awaits us—a return to nature.

The forest, with its ancient trees and vibrant ecosystems, offers a sanctuary where we can slow down and reconnect with the world around us. Here, away from the noise and haste, we can find the space to reflect, to heal, and to rediscover the beauty of being present.

Forest therapy, or Shinrin-yoku, offers a remedy for this disconnection by inviting us to slow down and immerse ourselves in the healing embrace of nature. As we walk among the trees, breathe in the fresh air, and listen to the gentle rustle of leaves, we begin to rediscover the profound peace that comes from being present in the moment.

Join us on a journey where wellness is not just a destination but a harmonious dance between you and the healing energies of the earth. Your experience with medicinal herbs at Sacred Living Wellness is more than a remedy—it's a celebration of your wellness story, crafted with care, authenticity, and a touch of nature's magic.

"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind
and find my soul."

                                             ~ John Muir


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Forest Walking

Scientific studies have shown that spending time in nature can significantly reduce stress levels by lowering cortisol, the body's primary stress hormone. Participants in forest therapy sessions often experience a noticeable drop in heart rate and blood pressure, indicating a calming effect on the cardiovascular system.


Being immersed in the forest has been found to enhance mood and mental clarity. Natural environments promote relaxation and emotional well-being, helping to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. The sensory experience of being in a forest—the sights, sounds, and smells—can induce a meditative state, fostering mindfulness and a deeper connection with the present moment.




Forest therapy can also boost the immune system, thanks to the phytoncides released by trees. These natural compounds have been shown to increase the activity and number of natural killer (NK) cells in the body, which play a critical role in the immune response by targeting virus-infected and cancerous cells. Spending time in a forest environment can enhance overall immune function, contributing to better health and resilience against illness.

Join us at Sacred Living Wellness for a transformative experience that transcends the ordinary. Step into the embrace of nature, where the ancient practice of forest therapy guides you toward profound healing and well-being, resonating through your physical, emotional, and spiritual core.


In our care, experience a personalized journey of wellness crafted uniquely for you.

The Forest Is Calling..

Common Questions & Answers

1. What is forest therapy?

Answer: Forest therapy, also known as forest bathing or shinrin-yoku, is a practice that involves immersing oneself in a forest environment to promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It involves mindful and intentional time spent in nature, engaging all the senses.

2. How does forest therapy differ from a regular walk in the woods?

Answer: Unlike a regular walk, forest therapy is a guided practice that emphasizes mindfulness, sensory awareness, and deep connection with nature. The goal is to slow down, tune into your surroundings, and engage in activities that enhance your experience, such as breathing exercises, meditations, or silent reflection.

3. What are the benefits of forest therapy?

Answer: Forest therapy offers numerous benefits, including reduced stress, improved mood, enhanced mental clarity, stronger immune system, and better overall well-being. It can also foster a deeper connection to nature and encourage sustainable practices.

4. Do I need any special equipment or clothing for forest therapy?

Answer: No special equipment is needed, but it’s important to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking in nature. It’s also advisable to bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent if needed.

5. Is forest therapy suitable for everyone?

Answer: Yes, forest therapy can be adapted to suit people of all ages and fitness levels. It’s a gentle practice that can be modified to meet individual needs and abilities. If you have specific health concerns, please consult with your guide beforehand.

6. How long does a typical forest therapy session last?

Answer: A typical forest therapy session lasts between 2 to 3 hours, allowing ample time to fully immerse in the experience. Some sessions may be shorter or longer depending on the specific program and participant needs.

7. What can I expect during a forest therapy session?

Answer: During a session, you can expect a series of guided activities designed to help you connect with nature. This may include mindful walking, breathing exercises, sensory explorations, meditative practices, and opportunities for personal reflection. Sessions often conclude with a tea ceremony or group sharing circle.

8. How often should I practice forest therapy?

Answer: The frequency of practice depends on your personal goals and availability. Regular sessions, such as once a week or a few times a month, can help reinforce the benefits. Even occasional sessions can provide significant positive effects.

9. Is forest therapy scientifically supported?

Answer: Yes, numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effects of spending time in nature on mental and physical health. Research shows that forest therapy can reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone), lower blood pressure, improve mood, boost immune function, and enhance overall well-being.

10. Can forest therapy help with specific conditions like anxiety or depression?

Answer: While forest therapy is not a substitute for professional medical treatment, it can be a complementary practice that supports mental health. Many participants report feeling less anxious and more relaxed after sessions. It’s important to discuss with your healthcare provider how forest therapy might fit into your overall wellness plan.

11. Do I need to be in good physical shape to participate?

Answer: Forest therapy is designed to be accessible to people of varying physical abilities. The pace is slow and gentle, and the terrain can be chosen to match participants’ comfort levels. If you have mobility concerns, let your guide know in advance so accommodations can be made.

12. How can I book a forest therapy session?

Answer: You can book a forest therapy session directly through our scheduling page which can be found HERE.  You’ll find details on upcoming sessions, pricing, and how to reserve your spot. Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions or special requests.

13. What should I do if I have to cancel my session?

Answer: If you need to cancel your session, please contact us as soon as possible. We have a 48 hour cancellation policy so please let us know asap. You can send an email to">, or you can reschedule online where you booked your appointment. 

14. Can I bring my children or pets to a forest therapy session?

Answer: Forest therapy can be a wonderful experience for children when sessions are specifically designed for families. Pets, however, are generally not recommended as they may disrupt the mindful and calm environment. Please check specific session details for guidelines on children and pets.


​Currently, the walks are located in Saluda NC at Big Bradley Falls.

They are held Friday mornings from 8:30am-11:00am. 

Cost: $35 per person

Private group experiences are available by request.

Our Forest Therapy Walks are guided by

Amy Neal, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mindfulness Facilitator. 

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