About the Facilitators
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.