Forest Therapy Series, June Session

Sunday, June 25, 2023; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Julie Kanak


This retreat is currently at maximum capacity.
If you would like to be added to the wait list, click the button below.

June Forest Therapy Series

This retreat is currently at maximum capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, click the button below.


“A walk in the woods” has long been viewed as therapeutic. Now there is research to demonstrate that. Enjoy 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. The sessions balance guided events that provide structure and opportunities for creativity and serendipity. Enjoy experiencing nature through the senses and taking time for tea with the group.

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.

Come to all sessions, a few, or just one.
Sunday, June 25, 2023; 1:00pm—3:00pm
Saturday, August 5, 2023; 10;00am—12:00noon

Cost: $15 per session

This retreat currently has a waitlist. Use the “get on the waitling list” button above to be added; no payment is required at this time.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on our health and safety protocols.

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.