TIME: 2-3 hours
LOCATION: Blue Ridge Mountains
GROUP SIZE: 4+ for Private Group
Experience the healing power of our wild world
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 stroll and leisurely walk through the forest in our stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Through a series of invitations, we’ll focus on being present in the moment, deepening our 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?
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 both us, our fraught ecosystems, and our community.
Forest Bathing walks are available any day of the week for private parties of 4+
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 trail. Comfortable, close-toed shoes are encouraged and be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing. Layers are your key to comfort and rain protection is always encouraged. Please remember that temperatures in higher elevations can be significantly lower than in town and rain is always a possibility. We will provide yoga mats for anyone who feels uncomfortable sitting on the ground.
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.
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 Forest Walk = Local Conservation!
Did you know? We are proud to share that proceeds from every forest bathing session are donated to Conserving Carolina who 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.
Hear what others have to say
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.