Marilyn Zehr Workshop

Guided Forest Therapy Walk


Saturday, August 13
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, September 18
9:00am – 12:00pm

12 participants

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A Guided Forest Therapy Walk by certified Guide Marilyn Zehr will assist in deepening your connection to place. Guided Forest Therapy is a slow and mindful walk in the natural world. This forest immersion experience is inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing that has been proven to enhance health and wellness.

During the walk, you will be offered a clearly defined series of open-ended invitations that encourage you to slow down & experience your surroundings more deeply.  These invitations intentionally enrich your experience of the natural world in relationship with your natural self. Along the way there will be opportunities to share your observations/insights with fellow participants. Every walk concludes with a wild-foraged tea and snack.

The walk may include uneven pathways, rocks, roots, and mud.  Be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain. Wearing layers is recommended so you can modify as necessary. Additional items that may add to your comfort are rain jacket/umbrella, bug hats/bug spray, sunscreen, a small camp chair, or yoga mat for sitting on damp ground.

Bring water and/or snack, although there will be tea and a snack served at the end of our time together.


Date and Time
Saturday, August 13
9:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, September 18
9:00am – 12:00pm

The Park
122 MacKenzie Lane, Coe Hill, ON KOL1P0


  • Wear Rugged Footwear
  • Bring something to sit upon ( camp chair, stool, tarp, blanket, yoga mat)
  • Wear layered clothing & consider rain jacket/umbrella, bug hats/bug spray,  sunscreen
  • Bring water and/or snack – there will be tea and a snack served at the end of our time together



About the instructor
Marilyn Zehr

Marilyn’s happy place has always been outdoors. In 2007 she purchased land near Bancroft and has now built the Rise Above Guest House. Initially thinking it was her responsibility to take care of the land,  it wasn’t long until she realized it was the land and forest taking care of her.

Marilyn currently serves the United Church of Canada as an ordained Minister in the Maynooth Madawaska Pastoral Charge. She has special training in Spiritual Direction (also known as Spiritual Companionship). Marilyn and wife Svinda have founded a Forest Church called Cathedral of the Trees and are on the steering committee that organizes the summer Forest Church in Algonquin Park.

Marilyn’s degrees include BA Honours in Religious Studies and Sociology (University of Toronto)  Masters of Divinity at Emmanuel College (Toronto School of Theology) Masters of Theology with Diploma in Spiritual Direction from Regis College (Toronto School of Theology),  Forest Therapy Certification with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) and Wilderness First Aid Certification.

Learn more about Marilyn here

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