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Are nature's medical benefits scientifically proven?

Absolutely! Extensive research supports nature's positive impact on our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health and well-being, as well as our relationships and the environment. Explore the evidence:

Canada’s PaRx: A Prescription for Nature

Handouts on health benefits for adults and children: [Link]

Exploring nature's benefits for the planet: [Link]

UK’s Dose of Nature

Science behind nature's benefits: [Link]

Research on nature's positive impact: [Link]

What is Nature-based Occupational Therapy?

Nature-based Occupational Therapy uses nature to promote health, well-being, and quality of life through occupation. ‘Occupation’ refers to any activity that individuals engage in and find meaningful in their everyday life including self-care, productivity (work, school, volunteer), and leisure.

Three types of nature-based Occupational Therapy include:

Everyday life with nature:  Ways to include nature into your daily activities such as walking a pet or mindfully noticing everyday nature as part of a healthy lifestyle. 

Health promotion with nature: Nature connection activities such as forest bathing or outdoor exercise to promote your health and well-being. 


Therapy with nature:  Structured nature-based activities such as forest therapy or horticultural therapy to address specific goals, including environmental and activity modifications for accessibility, independence, and function (Paynter, 2023).

What is the difference between Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy?

Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese mindfulness-based practice. It means being immersed in a forest and using your five senses to connect with nature. Forest bathing is for health promotion and can be practiced with or without a guide (Forest Therapy Hub, 2023). [Link]

Forest therapy is a nature-based intervention using the natural environment as a therapeutic tool. It is led by a healthcare professional, such as an Occupational Therapist, and involves therapeutic goals and activities (Forest Therapy Hub, 2023). [Link]

Wild Results offers forest bathing to the general public and forest therapy for individual and groups with specific needs.


What happens during a Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy Session?

You will be guided on a relaxed 1-2 km urban walk infused with a research-based series of nature connection activities using mindfulness, sensory awareness, reflection circle, expressive art, journaling, and tea ceremony.


Sessions are 1-2 hours long and are offered outdoors, indoors, and virtually for those unable to get outdoors.

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