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.
Public walks are available on Saturday afternoons in the winter (Nov – Feb) and Saturday mornings the rest of the year (March-October). You may reserve a private walk any day of the week, set aside exclusively for you and your group…even if you’re a solo adventurer!
All of the trails we visit for Forest Bathing are within approximately 50mins (an hour or less drive time) of downtown Asheville and 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.
One of our favorite trails is accessed by driving along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway while another is located in a peaceful private Preserve. We can even meet you in the Botanical Gardens just outside of downtown Asheville if you need a more convenient option (private forest bathing walks only!). Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Enjoy the peaceful practice of Forest Bathing on the stunning grounds of the NC Arboretum. Select dates only.
Learn More & Register Here! We are thrilled to share an opportunity to immerse in the forest during our region’s exciting firefly season. We’ll enjoy a gentle stroll together through a peaceful forest, ending in an open meadow where we’ll settle in to marvel at Mother Nature’s light show as the sun sets and sparkling fireflies emerge all around us. We will also hope to see the elusive Blue Ghost Fireflies and will surely enjoy the forest at twilight. This special offering takes place on private property with group sizes on public walks limited to 15 for a more intimate experience.
Private groups of up to 15 are welcome. Please contact us for details.
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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 focus will be on mindfulness practices and opportunities to slow down, unplug, and soak up the magic of our wild places. The experience typically lasts 2.5 hours and culminates in a tea ceremony with snacks.
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. For more information, visit our blog: All Things Forest Bathing.
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.
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 but you can otherwise expect not to get wet.
Your guide is certified as a forest therapy guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and holds current certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. They look forward to sharing the practice of forest bathing with you! For our current roster of guides, visit our team page.
For regularly scheduled, public walks:
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. Out of respect for your guide’s time, cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are non-refundable and store credits will not be offered within that window of time. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.
For private groups and custom departures:
Full group cancellations more than 7 days 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. Out of respect for your guide’s time, full group cancellations between 7-0 days prior to your experience are non-refundable and no store credits will be issued within that window.
Group size decreases will be accepted up to 72hrs prior to your scheduled experience without penalty as long as minimum group size thresholds are met. Out of respect for your guide’s time, group size decreases between 72-0 hours prior to your scheduled experience are non-refundable and no store credits will be issued within that window.
These minimums and policies 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!
Your Role: If you feel ill, are experiencing Covid-related symptoms, or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of Covid 19 in the past two weeks, please stay home and let us know as soon as possible. Our stated cancellation policy will still apply. If you are concerned about the risks of last minute cancellation, please consider taking out travel insurance.
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:
With that information, your guide will select the best trail for your group.
Tight on time? For private walks, we can even offer “Urban Forest Bathing” locations that are a simple Uber ride away!
If you are reserving a private Forest Bathing session, the trail location will be tailored to your group. If you would like to add transportation to your private booking, let us know! With advance notice, we can arrange your transportation for an additional fee.
If you are joining a public Forest Bathing session, you are responsible for getting yourself to/from the trailhead. You can generally plan on the trail head being about an hour from Asheville and will receive detailed driving instructions in your confirmation email. It is important to note that, while an Uber/Lyft may bring you to the trail, they will NOT pick you up from the trail head.
If you do not have transportation, we recommend reaching out to AVL Ride several days in advance of your arrival. The team there is familiar with the trailhead and will pre-arrange round trip transportation for some of the most reasonable rates in town.
Your safety and the safety of our facilitators 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.