YOUR FIELD GUIDE TO THE SENSES
Kate Bast is a certified guide with Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (April 2019), which has trained over 700 guides in 44 countries, worldwide since 2012. Kate is also a member of Forest Bathing International. She guides immersive Shinrin-yoku walks and retreats, and speaks locally, nationally and internationlly on many topics related the health and wellbeing benefits of time in Nature
Always a nature lover, sunset chaser, star gazer and calm seeker, Kate formally found forest bathing in 2017 after reading an article on Shinrin-yoku. At that moment she decided that in her next life, she'd become a certified guide.
Knowing it was time to try something new she chose to step away from her stressful deadline-driven and consuming 25-year publishing career—and she decided her next life starts now.
Realizing that nature has always been her balm, she more deeply embraced her personal nature-connection practice and committed to becoming a forest and nature therapy guide. That happened in 2018.
Her mission is to help people find calm, a balm, meaning + connection with Nature.
Former editor-in-chief of BRAVA and Wisconsin Trails magazines, she is following a new path toward greater health and wellbeing. She has formally studied health coaching and worksite wellness, and CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certified. Words still run strong in her blood, and she continues to freelance as a writer and editor.
She hopes to share the transformative, deeply connective and restorative practice of Shinrin-yoku—forest bathing—with you and your guests.
My mission is to help people find calm, a balm,
meaning + connection
Photo of Kate by Joy Pontrello