I feel whole and most alive when I'm with the trees, the birds, the rivers and winds.
(And the blueberries. Don't forget the blueberries. )
Andrea Prazmowski is Ottawa's first Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide. She earned her certification in 2017 with the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (ANFT) and has served as a mentor and trainer with ANFT. She has a journalism degree and has worked as a freelance writer and editor as well as facilitating learning groups and community partnerships of various kinds for more than 25 years. Andrea has certification as a Hike Leader (Hike Ontario), in Wilderness First Aid, Permaculture Design, Reiki and Healing Pathway. She also facilitates a regenerative practice called The Work That Reconnects and recently piloted a "Forest Church" project in Ottawa.
With my favourite hiking partners on the Bruce Trail. This was in 2010, right around the time my sons started outpacing me. Now I celebrate going slowly!
as ably taught by Andrea,
refreshes the soul."
- from a first-time participant