Forest Bathing with Your Dog
An award-winning book by Nadine Mazzola
"Nadine Mazzola is one of the vital creative voices in helping to shape the growing practice of forest bathing. She has been a staunch advocate of skillful ways for people to find healing in natural environments, and has been involved in training hundreds of forest guides in many nations. In this book she expands the vision of what is possible by thoughtfully exploring how our animal companions can enrich our nature connection experience. Enjoy this book; don't let the humor fool you! What is conveyed in these pages are serious possibilities for opening wider the doorways of our connections to the world." —M. Amos Clifford, Author, "Your Guide to Forest Bathing", Founder, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs
A Very Special Weekend Workshop Opportunity
I am beyond thrilled to announce my first weekend workshop at The Rowe Center, "Forest Bathing for Your Dog and You" If learning about forest bathing and experiencing forest bathing in the company of your dog is your jam, then please consider attending. Sign up for this unique Weekend Workshop at The Rowe Center May 5-7th, 2023.
Praise for the book:
"After reading this book, I understand the genius behind Nadine’s innovative combination of forest bathing and dog walking, a combined practice that elevates the meaning and joy of each! As a person with a lifelong appreciation for the power of immersing oneself in nature and one who has been lucky enough to experience guided walks led by Nadine, I’m so glad you’ve picked up this book! In exploring the world through the eyes of the wise and playful duo of Nadine and Juliet, your life is also apt to take a rejuvenating turn.”
—Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life
About the Book
This first-of-its-kind book brings together the deep connection we have with our dogs and our relationship with nature. A must-have for dog owners who want to reduce stress and anxiety for their dogs and themselves!
Is forest bathing for me and my dog? Yes! You don’t need a swimsuit—no special attire required. Forest-bathing is accessible to all levels of fitness and mobility. It is a new (and very old) type of restorative stroll in the woods with your dog.
Why do forest bathing with my dog? If you feel like you are bouncing from one thing to the next, never relaxing, forest-bathing will reduce your stress, reset your nervous systems, have lasting positive effects on your immune system, and increase the well-being of both you and your dog. This is another way of being outdoors that your dog will love, and I think you will, too.
What is it like to forest bathe with my dog? It’s a natural fit. You don’t have to go far. More of a meander or sitting that pairs easily with the natural rhythm of your regular routine. The aim of forest-bathing is to slow down, become immersed in the natural environment, and use your senses to tune in to the smells, textures, tastes, and sights of the forest.
It’s a love story. While this book is a guide about forest bathing with your dog, it’s also a bit of a love story about your relationships with your dog, the forests you walk in, and the land you live on.
"Lovely in many ways: The book, The subject, The practice, The author."
—Willem Lange, PBS host of the “Windows to the Wild” television show
Have Nadine do a presentation or workshop for your organization or group. Use the contact form below to reach Nadine.
"We hosted Nadine for a Library program in June 2022, and she was fabulous! Our patrons were very engaged in learning more about Forest Bathing techniques and tips, and I heard nothing but positive feedback from our attendees. Her presentation was informative and engaging - matching her enthusiasm and mastery of the subject. Nadine was also professional in all of our conversations, and super easy to work with. I would highly recommend hosting her expertise at future engagements!"
—Lydia Gravell, Lunenburg Public Library
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In The Media
Familiar with forest bathing? Try this meditative practice with your pup for an added benefit. #mental wellness
Host Willem Lange takes a walk in the forests of Shirley, Massachusetts with Forest Therapy Guide Nadine Mazzola and their dogs. She shows how to have a deep connection with our dogs and nature.
Forest Bathing with dogs is like the Slow Dog Movement but with a shift down one or even two gears. The Japanese practice of Forest Bathing means to explore nature through our senses. Doing this with our dogs, includes our well-being into the equation of a traditional dog walk.
Like many dog owners, Windows to the Wild host Willem Lange takes his dog, Kiki, for a walk every day. They prefer to explore the woods. “She goes where she will and I go where I plan and we go together,” says Lange. During a recent visit to Farandnear Conservancy in Shirley, MA, Forest Bathing Guide Nadine Mazzola taught Lange a new way to experience those walks – by letting Kiki be the guide.
Willem takes a guided forest-bathing walk deep into the woods where he learns how to slow down and experience nature with all his senses.
... “It turns out this kind of relaxed sensory time for our dogs is really important,” she said. “Just like ourselves, dogs are active all the time, and we’re constantly giving them something to do. It causes anxiety. Having this space and time to just wander and sit and restore and be in our senses really resets us, and resets our dogs.” ...