Welland McMaster Family Health Team

555 Prince Charles Dr N, Welland, ON L3C 6B5

Main Number: 905-704-3660

Rose City Medical Associates Physicians

555 Prince Charles Dr N, Welland, ON L3C 6B5

Main Number: 905-734-9699 Ext. 1

Fonthill Medical Associates Physicians

555 Prince Charles Dr N, Welland, ON L3C 6B5

Main Number: 905-735-4703

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy

Spend time in nature to improve your health and wellness! Lead by a Social Worker who is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, our Forest Therapy sessions are available monthly from April to November.

Many studies have shown that spending time in natural settings has important health and wellness benefits, such as:

Physical Health

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves sleep

Mental Health

  • Decreases stress
  • Reduces feelings of anger and aggression
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Improves concentration and memory function

Forest therapy isn’t about exercise for the body, but it is exercise for the soul. It is a guided stroll through the forest with a focus on Mindfulness techniques.

Recommended for all ages and abilities.

Getting Back to Nature during COVID-19 

Our resident Forest Therapy Guide suggests that just because you might be stuck inside during self-isolation, doesn't mean you can't benefit from the calming effects of nature.

Check out these YouTube videos for calming sights and sounds of nature:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUEDr5JUls&t=5679s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lCRsLjMeso

If you are not under self-isolation protocols, spending time in nature is a safe activity as long as you maintain social distancing rules. Spend time in your yard, get your garden ready for spring, or check out local hiking trails.

In British Columbia, doctors are prescribing time in nature! Let's hope this catches on here in Ontario: www.parkprescriptions.ca

Going for a hike? This is a fun app to use to help identify plants/animals you may come across:

https://www.inaturalist.org/ - fun for everyone

 Getting the kids outside? This is a fun app for the kids to use in their nature adventures:

https://outdoorclassroomday.com/resource/play-explore-learn-nature-passport/ - Kids in Nature activities

Virtual Forest Therapy walks in real time: www.natureandforesttherapy.org/virtual-forest-therapy-walks

30-Minute recorded Forest Therapy walk: www.forestbathinginternational.org