Wind in Pines LLC
Offering guided forest bathing walks along the Front Range and in the greater Denver metro area.
Hi! I’m your guide, Leona. As someone whose idea of a vacation usually includes at least a week-long trek in the back country, I have to admit that I didn’t initially think that forest therapy would have much to offer me in terms of enhancing my own relationship to nature. Surely it wasn’t much different than what I was already doing when I spent time in nature? And yet, the first time I read about forest therapy, I felt incredibly drawn to the practice. I figured I already had the whole nature connection thing figured out for myself, but I loved the idea of becoming a certified nature and forest therapy guide who could introduce that kind of experience to others.
Needless to say, I didn’t have the whole nature connection thing figured out quite the way I thought I did. I knew how to spend time in nature the way many of us spend time in nature: recreationally—hiking, camping, enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer, but offering little in return. Through my training and practicum, my relationship to nature changed in ways I couldn’t have predicted. As a guide, I work in close partnership with the forest to offer an experience to participants that provides something far more than getting from Point A to Point B. It is an immersive, sensory experience that brings you fully into the present in a way that is both deeply relaxing and revelatory. It is increasingly difficult to find space for such experiences amidst our hyper-stimulated, distraction-ridden world. My hope is that, as a guide, I can help create that space for you.
In addition to being a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, I am a professional photographer, specializing in fine art nature photography, as well as wedding and elopement photography. As both a guide and as a photographer, I work with people who value authenticity over artifice, presence over distraction.
When I’m not photographing weddings and elopements, or spending time amidst the beautiful mountain forests of Colorado, you can find me volunteering as a bird handler for the hawks, falcons, eagles, and owls of a local raptor educational organization, HawkQuest.
I am a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide through the Association for Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).
ABOUT Forest Therapy
Forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku. Forest therapy. The practice goes by many names, but what they all have in common is the idea that our health and wellness are enhanced when we spend time in the forest, especially when we take the time to move mindfully, opening our senses and being present to the nature that surrounds us.
Wind in Pines LLC offers public and private forest bathing walks near Denver, Colorado. Walks typically take place within about an hour’s drive from Denver, and last 2-4 hours. During that time, we may only cover about 1 mile or less in distance.
Like yoga and meditation, forest therapy is best viewed as a regular practice, rather than a one time event. Studies suggest that a regular practice of forest bathing may be associated with a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones.
You can read more about the practice of forest bathing, as well as the numerous health effects, on the website of the Association for Nature and Forest Therapy.
A selection of my public walks are offered in partnership with local organizations. At this time I am partnering with the Denver Botanic Gardens and Hudson Gardens as part of their adult program offerings. To register for these walks, please contact the organizations directly.
If you would like to partner with me to offer walks through your nature center or organization, please be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Impressions from participants
"Leona provides wonderful invitations to nature, but also extends an invitation to visit yourself…take both, the journey is so worthwhile! "
"To share and grow your relationship with the forest, each other, and ourselves, is a beautifully rare and true gift.”
"I would recommend to anyone looking for a deeper connection to nature. "