We all need time in nature more than ever and we’re looking forward to seeing you on the trail! We are taking extra precautions to support your safety and the safety of our guides. Please see the tab below titled “Covid Considerations” for more details.
TIME: 2-3 hours
LOCATION: Blue Ridge Mountains
GROUP SIZE: 1-15 (contact us for larger groups)
Experience the healing power of nature therapy
The practice of forest bathing encourages you to slow down, relax and reconnect with nature by quieting the mind and awakening the senses.
Join a certified forest therapy guide for a relaxing 2.5-hour stroll through the forest in our stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Through a series of invitations, you’ll have the opportunity to be present in the moment, deepening your connection with nature and community, and enjoying the many gifts nature has to offer. The walk culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks.
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing is simply a guided walk in nature. Your guide will share mindfulness practices and invitations designed to connect you more deeply to your inner landscapes, as well as the world around you. Inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of immersing oneself in a forest environment, forest bathing walks invite guests to spend time in nature in a way that invites healing for ourselves, our fraught ecosystems, and our community. It is true nature therapy!
This is essentially a mindful, rejuvenating walk in the forest…no actual “bathing” required 😉
All trails are within approximately 50mins of downtown Asheville. One of our favorite trails is accessed by driving along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway while another is located in a peaceful private Preserve. All of the trails are chosen based on the gentleness of the terrain, proximity to town, and your guide’s geographic area of expertise. The location of your walk will be disclosed after booking and depends on many factors including weather conditions, road closures, day of the week, etc. See FAQs for more info and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Private & Public Walks Available!
Public walks are available Friday (family friendly version!), Saturday, and Sunday. You can also reserve a private walk any day of the week, set aside exclusively for you and your group…even if you’re a solo adventurer! Enjoy a unique way to practice self care and social distancing.
Private Forest Bathing Tour Price:
- $260 total for parties of 1-4
- $65/person for parties of 5+
- $49/person for parties of 10+
Public Forest Bathing Tour Price:
What Will I Do?
With the help of a certified guide, guests are led through a series of nature invitations during a leisurely walk on a gentle trail or pathway. The experience typically lasts two to three hours and culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks.
What Should I Bring?
Bring sun protection, bug repellent, water, an open heart and mind and anything else you need to be comfortable on this short, gentle stroll. We recommend close-toed shoes and long pants. Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing and remember that layers are your key to comfort. Rain protection is essential. Please remember that temperatures in higher elevations can be significantly lower than in town and rain is always a possibility.
Do I Need a Bathing Suit to Participate in Forest Bathing?
Nope! We’ll be immersing ourselves in the restorative forest atmosphere and aren’t bathing in the traditional rubber-ducky-in-the-bathtub sense. On warm days, we might have the opportunity to dip our feet in a mountain stream and a rain shower is always possible.
Who Is My Guide?
Kelly Bruce has been exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina for more than 30 years and loves adventuring with her two dogs and 1960 Airstream in tow. Journalism has been the focus of her career; however, her true passion is spending time in nature and inspiring people to get outside and explore. Kelly is certified as a forest therapy guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and a certified interpretive guide with the National Association for Interpretation. She holds current certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Kelly looks forward to sharing forest bathing with those in the Asheville area.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations more than 72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price. Cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are non-refundable.
NOTE FOR PRIVATE GROUPS: If individual members of your party need to cancel due to Covid, we will refund that group member in full provided minimum thresholds for group size are met (ie: we have a minimum charge of $260 for private Forest Bathing sessions). These minimums ensure all experience providers, guides, instructors, etc are paid a living wage for their work. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to remain as flexible as possible in uncertain times!
What About the Weather?
We will walk rain or shine so please check the forecast, dress accordingly, and bring your adventurous spirit! Sometimes, more severe weather may require us to shorten an experience for safety reasons. If weather cuts our experience short by more than half of the expected time, we will reschedule your walk or issue you a store credit for use on a future forest bathing walk so you can try again for clearer weather!
If Asheville Wellness Tours cancels for any reason, we will refund your purchase in full or reschedule you if you prefer.
One important note about this adventure that I cannot stress enough: I encourage you to not allow a sketchy forecast dampen your spirits. The weather here is incredibly difficult to predict and we often enjoy sunny skies when rain is in the forecast or run into a heavy downpour when we expected bright sunshine. Our instructors are wonderful at adapting the practice to the weather and it’s all part of the adventure out here! It’s all part of the practice (and the fun) if you allow it to be!
Remember that cancellations more than 72hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price and try again at a later date. If you’re looking at the forecast and dreading the adventure, you still have options! Out of respect for your guide’s time, cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are non-refundable.
Where do the walks take place?
All trail heads are within approximately 50mins of downtown Asheville. One of our favorite trails is accessed by driving along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway while another is located in a peaceful private Preserve. All of the trails are chosen based on the gentleness of the terrain, proximity to town, and your guide’s geographic area of expertise. The location of your walk will be disclosed after booking and depends on many factors including weather conditions, road closures, day of the week, etc. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Private Walks: Due to the customized nature of Private Walks, we’ll tailor the trail selection to your group! An Asheville Wellness Tours concierge will reach out to you to ask:
- What part of town you’ll be traveling from
- Age range of your group
- Any needs/preferences (time constraints, transportation limitations, etc)
With that information, your guide will select the best trail for your group. Tight on time? We can even offer “Urban Forest Bathing” locations that are a simple Uber ride away!
Have More Questions?
Give us a call at 828-407-0711 or email anytime. We would love to help match you with the perfect experience for your time in Asheville!
Your safety and the safety of our guides and community is of the utmost importance. To that end, we’ve taken a close look at our policies and procedures and have updated protocols for each tour, service, and experience we offer.
The following points are specific to Forest Bathing:
Private Walks Available:
Concerned about joining a public walk? No worries! Private hikes for groups of 4+ (or a flat fee of $260 for smaller groups) are available daily pending guide availability.
Meet At The Trail Head:
No need to worry about being in enclosed transportation with folks outside of your household. All parties arrive separately and meet at the trail head.
Social distancing is a breeze in outdoor spaces. Our guides are a friendly bunch but will refrain from hugging, hand shaking, or getting close unless necessary (injury, first aid, etc). If you encounter other folks on the trail, the guide will encourage the group to step to the side, allowing plenty of room for other hikers to pass. You’ll find plenty of room to spread out throughout the experience and group sharing sessions, if held, will take place with all participants spread 6′ or more apart. Enjoy the spaciousness!
Masks are not required during outdoor experiences that are conducive to social distancing practices but we do expect that you bring a mask for the orientation and other moments when group members may be closer together.
Forest Bathing does not require the use of any equipment. If you wish to bring a small towel, yoga mat, or light outdoor cushion for sitting throughout the experience, please feel free but this is not necessary. The end of each walk culminates with a tea ceremony. We will provide the tea and cups but also invite you to bring your own tea for this portion of the experience or elect to skip it if you feel uncomfortable.
We’re committed to doing our part to care for our employees, community, and guests and we cannot do it alone. As part of our shared responsibility, we expect you to: communicate clearly with us regarding any health concerns you may have; if you feel ill, have Covid related symptoms, or have recently cared for someone with Covid-19, please stay home and alert us 24hrs or more in advance when possible.
Out of respect for our team and their time, we will follow our cancellation policy which states: Cancellations more than 72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee plus any fees charged by our local partners or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price. Cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are generally non-refundable though we will happily offer a rain check to guests who need to cancel for Covid-related issues).
We ask humbly that you remain patient with, understanding, and supportive of these new procedures in place. These policies are meant to keep all involved as safe as possible, respect the livelihood and health of our team, and to support our small business in remaining open!
To learn about our more general, overarching policies, please visit this post. To learn about what Asheville is doing as a community, read the Asheville Cares Stay Safe Pledge, a pledge we are proud to participate in.
NEW! Family Friendly Fridays!
Have little ones in your group? Join us for family-friendly walks for ages 7+ every Friday afternoon at 1pm or schedule a private family walk any day of the week! Your guide will offer a series of invitations that inspire wonder and awe for the young and young at heart. This gentle trail is suitable for most activity levels and will not exceed 1.25 miles roundtrip. Please allow 3 hours for this experience. To reserve your space, simply click Book Now above, choose Public Walks and select any Friday or choose Private Walks and reserve any day of the week!
As always, please contact us if you have any questions.
Join Us for More Mindfulness
Interested in spending more time in the mountains? Our yoga hikes are a wonderful way to bask in the beauty of our Blue Ridge while group meditations are a lovely way to invite mindfulness practices into your cozy space. Always feel free to contact us for help planning your Asheville wellness retreat…we love to help make your experience meaningful!
Hear what others have to say
This journey with yourself, with nature, and Mattie's guidance & energy is so necessary. It is truly a breath of fresh air as well as a re-boot if you will. I am leaving feeling refreshed, relaxed and more grounded. Thank you!
Dr Mattie was a TREMENDOUS guide on our journey today! Everyone should experience the joy & relief that is received from this therapy!
This was such a wonderful experience! Nicole was wonderful, organized & so helpful while planning our girls trip. She listened to what our group wanted & made sure to give suggestions on what would be a great experience for us. I would DEFINITELY recommend Asheville Wellness Tours to everyone!This was such a wonderful experience! Nicole was wonderful, organized & so helpful while planning our girls trip. She listened to what our group wanted & made sure to give suggestions on what would be a great experience for us. I would DEFINITELY recommend Asheville Wellness Tours to everyone!
I found this concierge service & am so thankful. While planning my best friend's bachelorette party, I knew what she would like but did not know how to put it all together. Nicole was amazing & so prompt with every email. She broke down everything & was extremely patient. We combined a yoga hike with a winery tour via private transportation. It was so worth it! Sue Ann, our yoga instructor, was even sweet enough to take some nice group pictures for us. This is such a great concept. Would recommend it to anyone.
Forest Bathing Is a Great Option For:
Girls Getaway Weekends
Corporate Retreats & Team Building
Mom’s Weekend Away
Your Forest Walk = Local Conservation!
Did you know? We are proud to share that proceeds from every forest bathing session are donated to Conserving Carolina. This organization not only protects the mountains where we hike, but also works tirelessly to support further conservation in Western North Carolina.
We hope you’ll take time to breathe deep and enjoy the magical area you’re helping to conserve.