What and Why?
Ravyn Walks provides guided forest therapy walks in the woods of Western Massachusetts. These walks are intended to promote wellness through a series of slow-paced sensory-awareness invitations. Forest Therapy is unique in that it can’t be characterized as “therapy” or “outdoor recreation” in any traditional sense. It is a practice in slowing down, unplugging and wandering through the world as a means to deepen connections, open and answer questions, and revitalize our life-force. Walks cover no more than a mile long trail over the course of three hours. Unlike a hike or outdoor adventure class, this is a practice in simply observing and does not require any naturalist training or outdoor experience. As you wander, nature can provide the therapy you may seek, the guide is just there to open the door to that connection. Our intention is to guide participants to notice more of their natural surroundings and aid in fostering relationships between people and the more than human world. All of our walks are fully accessible, open to all ages and people of all walks of life.
Where and When?
Ravyn Walks are primarily guided at the Larch Hill Conservation Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Walks are given all year round. See our schedule for availability.
Ravyn Walks are not just limited to one location! Want to hold a private guided walk at a location near you? Contact us for more information on scheduling private walks.
Ravyn Walks is founded and managed by Mishka Viscardi, a trained Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. A lover of nature and our will to thrive, Mishka has always been a student of the elements. A Smith College alumn with a degree in Sociology, she brings to the field her passion for nature, love of people, creativity, craftsmynship, and love of mentorship. When she isn’t guiding walks, she works as a Wilderness Skills Instructor for Earthwork Programs, sharing ancient traditions and skills with both children and adults in a mindful and playful way. Additionally, she works as an administrative assistant for Smith College’s Office of Disability Services, providing students with resources and accommodations they may need to successfully navigate their education. Mishka is certified in CPR, First Aid and Wilderness First Aid.