Forest Bathing Tours are offered all year round. From the beginning of November to the end of March, scheduled tours are offered on a limited basis (Once per week on Sunday at 1PM). If you would like to schedule an alternate tour, please contact John Fraser to make arrangements for a date and time that works for you. Scheduled Tours will be offered on a more frequent basis starting in April and running through to the end of October.
Forest Bathing Tours are conducted at Francis King Regional Park & Mount Douglas Park on varying days throughout the week. There are morning, afternoon & evening sessions for you to choose from. Please check the Calendar of Events below for available dates & times. When you are ready to book your tour, click on the “Book Now” button for either the Francis King or Mount Douglas option. Both of these parks are located within the Greater Victoria, Capital Regional District (CRD), and as such, are a quick and easy drive from downtown Victoria.
Both Forest Bathing Tours will run for approximately 2 1/2 hours & are not meant to be physically strenuous. In order to facilitate a deeper experience of mindfulness, the walks will be conducted at a very leisurely, relaxed pace. Hiking books are recommended but running shoes with good treads will also work. Please remember to wear weather appropriate clothing & bring some water.
Although there are many parks in and around greater Victoria, Francis King Regional Park is definitely one of my favourites. The Forest inhabiting Francis King offers an amazing calming experience, in that this is one of the few parks where you can really get away from the noise of traffic and other urban sounds. This Forest is also home to a rare 650 year old Douglas Fir. This majestic Being provides much wisdom and a sense of maturity to the surrounding Forest. Like many wise elders, this tree can also impart its wisdom to you when you learn how to slow down and listen deeply with an open mind and gracious heart.
This Forest Bathing tour follows a trail with an Easy to Moderate trail rating. Most of the trail is easily managed, with a small section involving some fairly rough terrain and a slight elevation gain and descent. We will be walking through these sections very slowly, deliberately, & mindfully so this should not be a problem for most people. However, it could pose a problem if you have any mobility issues. Hiking boots are recommended. However, foot wear with good treads and ankle support will be adequate. Mt. Douglas is a quick 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria and is also accessible by public transit (bus). Click on the Google map to the left for directions and transportation options. Mt. Douglas is also accessible by bike from downtown Victoria via the Galloping Goose Regional Trail / Lochside Regional Trail, and the Blenkinsop Greenway. (From downtown, after crossing the Johnson Street Bridge turn right onto Harbour Rd and continue until you reach the beginning of the Goose. Continue on the Goose until you reach the Switch Bridge where you will stay to the right and continue along the Lochside Regional Trail. Continue along Lochside until you reach Blenkinsop Greenway. Turn right onto the Greenway heading towards Mt. Douglas. The tour will begin from the Beach Access parking lot off Cordova Bay Rd.)