Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing in Ottawa

We are aware how time in woodland softens us into relaxed centeredness, yet we make insufficient time for ourselves. When we do visit woodland we are often bustling through, jogging, chatting or listening to music. A Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing session puts our need for calm serenity in the calendar.

Forest therapy guides help create the safety we need to unwind and slow down. We are given permission to connect to the elements in ways we forgot when we were tots, and to enter into a deeper relationship with the natural world.

What we instinctively know is now scientifically proven. This kind of time in woodland is therapeutic. in many countries, Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing is even prescribed by doctors as part of health care. See our research page here.

Forest bathing is now held in several locations across Ottawa and Gatineau during daytime, evening and at weekends so you can find the most convenient times and location close to your home or work.

Please check the update page before leaving for a walk for any weather or registration related changes. Walks can be oversubscribed or, conversely, occasionally cancelled if there is lack of registration.

Each Shinrin-Yoku session is graded for accessibility and age. In the summer, some sessions include an option for immersion in water or even a fully experiential swim.

Tea made of a local tea plant and snacks are provided.

For more about Kaia’s Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing, visit

Sessions will start as soon as the snow melts and the days warm up.
Check back on this page soon!