Dr. Mattie Decker on ANFT

(Association of Nature & Forest Therapy)

Forest Therapy Walks ~ Registration

To register for a Forest Therapy event, please fill out the form below.

Thank you!

Way of the Guide ~ Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “Forest Bathing”.

Forest Therapy, Shinrin-yoku in Japanese and Forest Bathing, are names for the medicine of being in the forest. Spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions, includes not only such benefits as cultivating wellbeing but each invitation is crafted to help participants slow down and open our senses, giving the forest access to our emotional, physical, and psychological and spiritual being. We discover our RELATIONSHIPS with the more than human world and how our presence may assist nature.

Dr. Mattie Decker is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide w ANFT, the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and educator and writer.


Roger Bass is a naturalist, riverkeeper, and guide-in-training with ANFT. 

During this “time between times” as we continue “social distancing” and respect for the wellbeing of all… we offer these opportunities to guide you, maintaining six feet distancing—much as the trees do here—and together awaken more to our relationships with ourselves, and the more-than-human world.

We ask that you dress comfortably and bring any snacks or water bottle you need for yourself.

For more information or to Register, contact Roger Bass: rdbass@aol.com

You are welcome to read or print and sign a copy of this release, but one will be provided 

before each walk. Below is a link to a 2-page printable participant agreement.


Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Marked Tree Vineyards

Deep Gap Road, Flat Rock NC

$30 w/ local wine after the walk