Forest Therapy Nature Quest
Join Muskoka Conservancy and special guest Fran Mills of Simcoe Muskoka Forest Therapy for a walk at the Upjohn Nature Reserve.
Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. We build on those benefits and look beyond, to what happens when people remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. About Fran: Born in the city but drawn to the wild places, Fran Mills made being in nature her destination of choice. She spent her early days playing along the creeks that ran near her childhood home and after ward, sought out wooded areas where ever she went. A few years of working in the city, fate brought her north to cottage country and eventually to the farm. What was initially a possible change in life direction from many years as a baker, has become her passion. She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and a member of the Global Institute of Forest Therapy. She lives on the edge of the Canadian Shield, tending her 50 acre property, running an Airbnb and inviting willing participants to wander the forest with her.