Forest Therapy – May Session

Sunday, May 19, 2023; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Facilitator(s): Julie Kanak




Enjoy the therapeutic impact of a guided walk through the woods and lakefront of the Siena grounds based on the practice of Forest Therapy.

Each two-hour experience will include brief explanations of the history and science of Forest Therapy, personal reflection time, and community building. These guided events that provide structure and opportunity for creativity and serendipity.

Based on the Japanese practice of “forest bathing,” Forest Therapy is a science-based experience of wellness and connection with natural environments. It is based on the principle that we humans are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.

Sunday, May 19, 2024
This retreat begins at 1:00 pm and concludes at 3:00 pm.
Cost: $25

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for our cancellation policies and other helpful information.

About the Facilitators

Julie Kanak

Julie Kanak is a certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She spent most of her professional life in the nonprofit world, and has worked for a foster care agency, a hospice program, as a professional mediator in the court system and as executive director of an international peace organization. No matter where she was working, she always had time to get out into nature. Julie has also worked as a hiking guide for Trailbound Trips, a hiking company based in Barrington, Illinois. Julie lives in Barrington, has been married to her college sweetheart for 37 years, is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of one delightful little girl. She loves being outdoors and helping people connect, or re-connect, with the restorative and healing power of nature.