Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Forest Therapy

Brought to you by the Chico State Ecotherapy Program through a partnership with the CSUC Ecological Reserves, Chico State Basic Needs, and the WellCat Counseling Center.

Chico State Ecotherapy Program

Check out our website for the latest Forest Therapy events and information!

Request a Private Forest Therapy walk or Wellness Workshop

Want to schedule a private forest therapy experience, holistic wellness workshop, or stewardship event for your student group, faculty department, community agency, or organization? Fill out an interest form - our staff will reach out to you shortly to schedule your private Forest Therapy Experience!

Community Private Event Interest Form (opens in new window)       CSU Private Event Interest Form (opens in new window)

What is Forest Therapy?

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or "Forest Bathing." Forest Therapy is simply a guided, immersive experience in a natural environment to promote the well-being of both people and the land. Forest Therapy is an opportunity to slow down and experience the natural world through your senses.  During your guided immersion, a certified guide will offer a series of invitations to deepen your sensory experience and assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land. There's no right or wrong way to do it; just come and be yourself. It's all welcome in the forest. 

  • 30-minute Forest Therapy "Invitation": guided sensory and embodiment invitation + intro to the science behind Forest Therapy. 

  • 1-1.5 hour "Taster" Forest Therapy:  great for groups who are short on time but still want to experience the benefits of Forest Therapy. 
    • Offered: on-campus, CSUC Ecological Reserves, Chico and Paradise Parks locations

  • 2-3 hour "Full" Forest Therapy: ends with tea made from wild harvest forest herbs and snacks. 
    • Offered: on-campus, CSUC Ecological Reserves, Chico, and Paradise Parks locations. 

Proven health benefits include:

  • Reduction in cortisol and adrenaline levels. 
  • Enhanced immune system function by increasing the production of natural killer cells. 
  • Improved respiratory and cardiovascular function. 
  • Decreased anxiety and depression. 
  • Improved mood, focus, academic performance, and creativity. 

We hope you join us and experience valuable tools for mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being!

Contact Ecotherapy Program Manager Blake Ellis at for more information. 

photo by Jason Halley

forest therapy 
photo by Jason Halley