Forest Bathing Therapy – Wellness in the Woods, Kananaskis (W of Turner Valley)


Wednesday, June 5 and 12th (6:30-8:30 pm)

Kananaskis Country (Sheep River Provincial Park and Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park) 

NO Hiking experience Required.

Get Back to Nature and recharge this June with Heart Wild Adventures as we plug into the healing energies of the Earth. Join our 2-hour guided Forest Bathing Therapy Sessions and enjoy the benefits of Earth Healing.  Connect with your senses, relax your mind, and allow yourself to come back to your natural essence.

As you walk through the forest and take time in stillness to connect with the elements your brain begins to reset, allowing you to let go of any stresses you may be holding on to, consciously or subconsciously.  In this state,  your cortisol levels drop, blood pressure reduces, and your parasympathetic nerve activity increases allowing you to experience a sense of calm and peace.

* Please read description below for further details and information related to waivers.


Forest Bathing – Wellness in the Woods (Kananaskis – W of Turner Valley) 

$50/Person (pre-register for both dates)
$30/person (Drop-In, Pre-register) 

This Heart Wild Wellness Adventure is for anyone who feels the need to get outdoors…to turn their phone off, spend time away from distractions, rest their mind, and allow themselves a moment of peace, healing, and re-connection.

We will meet at a specified trailhead and mindfully walk to the desired location (approx. 20-30min walk maximum).  For car-pooling options, we will meet at the Turner Valley Library Parking Lot at 5:50 pm.

We will start the Forest Therapy Session in the parking lot by pulling an oracle card for guidance and insight.  Cara will call in the directions, Mother Earth and the Elementals, and will then commence the Froest Walk.  She will share with you Forest Healing activities and will guide you along the way until such time we reach our specified Forest Healing  Location.  She will share with you ways to connect with your senses and the healing energies of the Earth and you will spend roughly 20 minutes in a state of Forest Bathing.  When finished we will walk out as a group and give thanks to the Forest.

We will return to the trail head for 8:30 pm and then for those car-pooling, we will be back at the TV Library parking lot by 9:00 pm.

Here are some photos of previous Adventures


• Opening and Closing Ceremonies 
• Personally selected Forest Healing locations (meetup location to be emailed by Sunday prior). Note: All Locations will be within Sheep River Provincial Park or Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park Districts.) KANANASKIS CONSERVATION PARK PASSES ARE REQUIRED. (There will be car-pooling options should you not have a pass. Cara has room for 4).  
• Connection to the Earth, Self, and others
• Journalling (if inclined) 
• Sharing for Healing, and 
• Fresh Air, Love, and Light
All gatherings will run rain or shine, as we like to think of weather as part of the experience, however, Heart Wild Adventures reserves the right to cancel or revise forest gathering locations/details whenever conditions are deemed unsafe for participants. All cancellations will occur within 2-3 hours of an event. Under the circumstance that HWA cancels a GATHERING, all participants will be fully refunded in full (for the day of the canceled GATHERING). No fees will apply.
Comfortable, lightweight hiking shoes or boots generally work the best. Shoes must enclose the entire foot and toes (no open-toe sandals, or water shoes in warmer seasons). Whatever footwear you choose, make sure you have worn them in advance of your trip to ensure they fit well and are comfortable.
Clothes that are comfortable enough to layer. (I like to wear long pants, to protect from branches and such, a tank, longsleeve and jackets for layering).  Ensure your backpack is large enough to pack your clothing should you decide to remove layers. 
Please also bring a garbage bag, or small towel to sit on if the ground is wet, and maybe a small blanket to wrap up in should you feel a little chilly.
Recommended items include snacks, water bottle (or bladder pack), sunglasses, toque or ball cap (depending on weather), mittens or small gloves, sunscreen, bug spray (seasonal), lip balm, camera, journal and pen, and layering clothes for weather. Feel free to bring hiking poles, should you have them (not necessary).
*It is also good to have a whistle.  HWA will have bear spray and first aid equipment with them at all times.


No previous hiking is required. These are nature walks and forest bathing to take in the elements.  A general rule of thumb is to be able to carry a pack weighing 10-15lbs while hiking (walking) approx 20min.  You are responsible to carry your own gear, snacks, and drinks.


All of our excursions take place in beautiful K-Country…and yes that means we will be entering the homeland for bears, wild cats, moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, big horn sheep, snakes, bugs, and more! We would like to bring awareness to the fact that there is always a potential of encountering one of these beings on our outing, so if you have a ‘crippling’ fear of seeing any of these animals, these GATHERINGS may not be for you. You may want to consider booking a Signature Healing Session with Anam Cara prior to your first HWA.  That being said, encounters do happen, and it is our goal to keep you and the animals safe.
Also, keep in mind it can get very hot, or very cold and/or wet quickly so please be prepared for all weather conditions.
As well, please be prepared that mobile reception in the mountains is typically poor to non-existent.


Smoking of any sort (including vape pens) is not permitted during our adventures.


Heart Wild Adventures does not permit pets on any of our adventures. As dog lovers, we wish this was not the case. We cannot control other off-leash dogs that may walk through and how they interact with your pet. This variable can be extremely disruptive and dangerous. We hope you can understand.


FOREST GATHERINGS are family friendly (10+ recommended), and are suitable for people who enjoy a meditative, and spiritual outdoor experience.


Group Size:

HWA would like to preserve our trails and respect other hikers. Gatherings, at this time, will be limited to a maximum of 16 participants.
 Traveling as a group:

When you sign up for a HWA you are signing up to walk and gather as one unit. Our objective is to stay together. Please do not leave the group to hike on your own. At no time in the trip will you be permitted to leave the group and hike on your own. 

Safety & Liability:

Heart Wild Adventure facilitators are NOT Certified Travel Guides. Know that HWA has your best interest in mind and that Cara Marshall has been Certified with Wilderness & Remote First Aid & CPR Level C in the past  

Note: All trip details are subject to change based on weather & trail conditions. There is inherent risk involved with outdoor recreation. You will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Express Assumption of Risks, and Indemnity Agreement before departing on any Heart Wild Adventure. As well, clients must follow all safety procedures set forth by their facilitators while participating in a HWA. Clients are ultimately responsible for their own safety during any of our trips.
We encourage you to read over each of the forms. No persons who refuse signatures will be permitted on any Heart Wild Hike events.

HEART WILD ADVENTURES are designed for YOU to get back into Nature and back to YOU!


Please feel free to contact me at [email protected]. No matter your interest in Heart Wild Adventures I look forward to talking with you, and hope to see you on the trail.
Your Soul Friend,


Additional information


Both Dates (Wed June 5 & 12), Drop In June 5, Drop In June 12

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