WellCat Counseling Center

Forest Therapy

The Peer Coaching Program has partnered with the Ecological Reserve to offer eco- and land-based intervnetions in our coaching services and offer Forest Therapy!
Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or “Forest Bathing.” Forest Therapy is a simple, guided, immersive experience in a natural environment to promote the health and 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. Forest Therapy experiences finish up with tea made from wild-foraged forest herbs and snacks.
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!
Students at the Ecological Reserve
Students laying in a circle in nature.
Woman standing in nature overlooking the park.
Forest Therapy Experiences Options
  • To book a private group walk for your class, student group, department, or organization- please contact: jaull@csuchico.edu  
  • Or join us ON CAMPUS for Forest Therapy Tuesdays- every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 12:30pm-1:30pm! Register here for Forest Therapy. (PDF)
  • Or, join us for FULL MOON Forest Bathing at Butte Creek Ecological Preserve (BCEP)! Contact jaull@csuchico.edu for registration forms