Forest Therapy - with guide Pat Bavin
Pat Bavin was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia where mountains and nature are his playground. Over the last 45 years he has owned 10 businesses in the fields of Sports, Arts and Healing. He has been the elder partner of Bavin Glassworks over 31 years as well as a painter since 2000. Pat graduated from college as a Technician in Community & Regional Planning, with a thesis in Alpine Park Planning, as well as background in Bioregional and Outdoor Recreation Planning.
In 1991, Bavin started training to become a Feng Shui practioner which gave him new eyes to see the interaction between Natures elements and our senses and emotions. Shinrin-Yoku ( Forest Therapy ) is recent to his passions which is a natural fit with his existing practices. He has travelled to Peru, Japan, Central America and Baffin Island to engage in ancient practices with spiritual curiosity since 1987. Pat is now working with the language and research of scientists in the Natural and Medical world by sharing his Art and Healing practices known as “2 eyes seeing” which improves perception. Pat spends much of his time in the mountains with skiing , snowshoeing, and painting in winter then shifts to Forest Therapy , hiking , and sketching in summer. At the moment he is providing design and development support to the exciting creation of the Coho Healing Garden at the Columbia House Care Centre in Invermere, B.C.
My Forest Therapy walks are always an easy, mostly flat landscape activity of mild effort. Bring along a day pack filled with all-weather items just for the unexpected of mountain conditions including bug repellent and sunscreen if in season. Running shoes are fine and I suggest you wear clothes that like the dirt for such things as lying down for “sky gazing”. Cell phones are not encouraged unless you are on standby for something of vast importance. Allow for a total of 4 hours which includes registration followed by a 3 – 3.5 hour walk, covering approximately 1 kilometer. Bring pencil and paper for some outdoor creativity. Water and snack is a good idea. Site locations will be decided as the walk date gets closer.
We shall smell, taste, touch, listen, and see, along with numerous other senses to our hearts content.
$50 per person + GST, minimum 3 people, maximum 10 people.
To Book your Forest Therapy walk or for more information, contact Pat Bavin at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 342-6819