Forest Bathing Workshop

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest bathing is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. It allows you to connect with nature in a way that is relaxing, respectful, and rejuvenating. The walk helps you feel relaxed and at ease while gaining mental and physical health benefits. Research has found that exposure to nature can reduce cortisol levels, boost your immune system, balance blood pressure, and can help in resetting your nervous system.

Join Ronna for a forest bathing experience to relax and rejuvenate. Following that, learn tips and tricks on how to weave in mindful moments and forest bathing opportunities during your walk. In this session you will learn when it’s appropriate and when it’s not wise to offer contemplative opportunities to your guests. Discover how to frame and invite people to pause and connect to nature in this gentle way. Learn the language needed to invite people to pause and take in the grandeur of this place.

Please note that this is not a certification course and after this workshop you will not be a certified forest therapy guide and cannot call your guided tours forest bathing experiences. This workshop is meant to build your professional tool kit as a hiking guide and help people connect to nature. If you are interested in becoming a certified Forest Therapy Guide, mention it to Ronna!

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm (Mountain Time)
Location: Local Canmore Trail
Instructor: Ronna Schneberger
CPD Hours: 4 hours
Professional Interpreter Elective: Eligible
Cost: $60 for IGA members / $75 for non-members
Course Waiver



Ronna Schneberger

Ronna has been a professional award-winning naturalist, interpreter, and hiking guide in the Canadian Mountain Parks for 30 years. She is a yoga/meditation teacher of 20+ years. Ronna was one of the first Canadians to get certified in forest therapy guiding. Over the last several years she tested various ways to weave in mindful moments and forest bathing elements into her walks. Clients have been deeply grateful for quiet moments to pause and take in this magnificent landscape. Today, Ronna is a guide and trainer for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). She is the Chair of Nature and Forest Therapy of Canada and along with her team, she promotes guided Forest Therapy in Canada.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds will not be issued for any reason (including illness and injury) if cancelling less than 2 weeks prior to the event date. Full refunds, less an administration fee, are available if requested 3 weeks (or more) prior to the event date. For more information, please consult the IGA refund policy.

  • Course PD Hours: 4


May 26 2024


9:00 am - 1:00 pm



Course Location

Banff / Canmore

Course Instructor

Ronna Schneberger