Embodied Nature - A Forest Bathing Retreat for Women

Friday, July 28 after 3:00 pm – Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 pm

As summer comes to a peak, we invite you to leave your stress and screens behind and come home to your full embodied feminine self with our Forest Therapy retreat for women at Zazen, a holistic wellness center in the Mendocino Highlands.

How do we cultivate our relationship with nature?
How do we slow down to receive its nurturance?
How do we show our gratitude?
Who supports our connection?

If you are asking these questions, we invite you this introduction to Forest Therapy to open the space for your personal nature connection to unfold. Once you have experienced Forest Therapy, you can practice in your daily life for stress management, healing and transformation.

Led by Nicole Daspit and Julie Hall, the weekend in nature weaves together guided Forest Therapy walks in the redwoods, yoga and meditation, organic vegetarian cuisine, and creative time in peaceful surroundings. Open to women of all ages and backgrounds.

Our Offering to You

  • 2 nights at gorgeous Zazen Retreat
  • Delicious organic vegetarian meals made with love by Jamuna and Daveed
  • An introduction to Forest Therapy, with walks at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve and Zazen Retreat
  • Yin yoga and meditation
  • Evening creative activities

Available a la carte

  • Massage – Somatic with elements of deep tissue, Thai and cranial sacral – limited spaces
  • Reiki – limited spaces
  • Orr Hot Springs – group dependent

All activities are optional. Everyone is invited to meet their own needs on this personal retreat. Please bring your journal, book, creative projects, or whatever you like to benefit most from this time away from your daily life. 

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) for relaxation, enjoyment, and health care. Rooted in scientific research, forest therapy is proving to be an effective antidote to our modern lifestyles. By slowing down and immersing our senses in the natural world, our minds are calmed, our nervous systems relaxed, and our bodies are nourished and healed. Among the many benefits of spending time in the woods are stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, heightened sensory awareness, increased focus and cognition, more creativity, less depression, and a greater sense of well-being.

Guided Forest Therapy walks are slow walks designed to harmonize our hearts, minds and bodies with the natural world through our felt senses. Walks include sensory awareness, conscious breathing, grounding/earthing, and imaginative ways of engaging with the elements of nature. 


Retreat Leaders

To learn about the genesis of this retreat, please read Julie’s Forest Friends interview with Nicole, Nicole Daspit on Eros, about some topics dear to our hearts that we think you might enjoy.

Nicole Daspit is a Nature and Forest Therapy guide, mentor, assistant trainer, and Reiki Master living in Sebastopol, CA. She loves guiding walks for people of all ages and hosting restorative workshops and retreats in order to create a space for others to reclaim and reanimate their connection to the living world, including their own life force. She is also the creator of Inner Discovery for Kids, a children’s program encouraging nature time, creative expression, free play, sensory awareness, understanding feelings and inner connection. Her other passions include herbal medicine, somatic practice, songwriting and spending time with family, preferably in nature!

Julie Hall is founder Shinrin-Yoku Walks. She is a certified Forest Therapy guide, travel photographer, and budding yin yoga teacher based in Santa Barbara, California. With a background in European history, languages and film, Julie has been on a singular life path to know the world and herself. In the words of one of her favorite authors, Pico Iyer, “A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” Julie has poured years of work into transforming herself and others through photography, teaching English in Asia, and Forest Therapy. Julie brings her passions for people, health, nature, culture and spirituality to her work as a retreat leader and guide.


Private room ~ $565
Shared room ~ $465

* Spaces Limited*

RSVP by registration and $100 deposit or full payment.
Full payment due June 28.