I'm not going to show you the forest; I'm going to help you connect with it in one of the most beautiful mountain regions of LA. We'll slow down, awaken our senses, ditch our phones, and restore our relationships with ourselves and the land. We'll do a forest therapy walk in the style of Shinrin Yoku, share our stories, and end with a tea ceremony featuring tea from foraged plants and an assortment of tasty treats. When we depart, we'll have a new appreciation for a less visited part of LA, and a practice we can readily apply in our daily lives. Come home to the forest.
I'm the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and the Director of Training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. My work as a forest therapy guide has been featured in Women's Health, Washington Post, USA Today, Good Morning America, WebMD, ATTN, and more. Most of my time is spent training Forest Therapy guides internationally, but when I am home, I am deeply honored to take new friends into the forests of Southern California.
Snacks Please let me know of any food allergies in advance.
Tea We'll sip a wildcrafted tea made from indigenous plants of the region.
Parking fees You may use a National Forest Adventure Pass for parking if you have one.
We'll explore the Switzer Falls trail in the canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains. Nestled at about 3,000 feet, it's a beautiful, serene forest with a gentle river that runs through in the winter. The drive into the mountains alone is sublime. This is a side of LA few visitors ever see.
Wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Please bring water and arrange for your own transportation to the trailhead.