Monica is our lead guide and founding partner.
Monica discovered Forest Therapy after experiencing the healing benefits of the forest first-hand during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this global pause, she began to slow down and pay close attention to the ecosystem around her home in Whistler.
She noticed how mindful time in the forest transformed her mood and helped to dissipate the waves of anxiety and despair during the uncertainty and isolation of the pandemic.
In 2021, Monica committed to sharing this healing modality with others.
She became certified as a Forest Therapy Guide with the Global Institute of Forest Therapy, and has since joined this organization as an Instructor to train new Guides.
Monica's passion for the wonder, magic and awe to be found in Nature has been described as infectious. Her life's work is to support the flourishing of inner and outer ecosystems through compassion, care and attention.
Monica is inspired by the work of Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Charles Eisenstein and Jon Young. She believes that repairing our relationships with nature and community is the work of our times.
- Certified Forest Therapy Guide - Global Institute of Forest Therapy
- Forest Therapy Guide Instructor
_ Forest Therapy Guide Mentor
- Guiding in Cold Weather professional development course.
- Wilderness First Aid
- Mental Health First Aid
"Three years ago, I moved from Sydney, Australia to British Columbia, feeling anxious, lost and burnt out. I had been drawn to the natural beauty of British Columbia and I was not disappointed. I instantly fell in love with the incredible landscape of the Coastal Mountains, the vibrant glacial lakes, magnificent snow-capped peaks and misty forests.
Settling in Whistler, on the shared unceded territory of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, I spent many hours wandering in the forest, becoming acquainted with the abundant plant and animal life around me. As I deepened my connection with the natural world, I noticed remarkable changes in my health and outlook. Anxious, repetitive thoughts dissipated as I settled into my body and connected with the world from a place of calm clarity.
The power of these experiences led me to investigate the impact of forests on our health. I soon discovered Forest Therapy, a ‘new and ancient’ practice rooted in the healing power of Nature. Inspired by Indigenous peoples around the world, Forest Therapy is an antidote to the disconnection, loneliness, and despair of modern times.
The science supporting the benefits of Forest Therapy resonated with my own experience and I committed to sharing this practice with others. What I love most about the magic of Forest Therapy is that it meets you wherever you are at.
Whether you are seeking deeper connection to Nature or simply looking to unwind on a relaxing walk, Forest Therapy will support you on your journey. "
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