MEET YOUR GUIDE
June has always had a desire to help others and a love of Nature since childhood. As a young child she climbed/sat in trees and often walked local trails as she lived near Watchung Reservation, a nature preserve in New Jersey. As a young adult she moved to Upstate New York where she often backpacked in the Adirondacks. June also has a passion for art as her father was an oil painter and she grew up drawing and painting. In her 20's she learned wheel throwing pottery and she assisted a local potter in teaching classes and in the operations of the pottery studio. June pursued a 42 year career in the medical field where she worked as a Registered/Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) in the field of Rehabilitation & Hand Therapy. Here she found the medical field focused more on the physical body and lacked addressing the whole person particularly mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. She pursued additional extensive training in different mindfulness/meditation techniques: MBSR ,EFT-tapping, Heartmath as well as energy techniques becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher. She offered these practices along with her Occupational Therapy treatment sessions to her patients. The nurses & physicians, as well as the patients, remarked about how these additional techniques greatly helped patients to better manage pain, anxiety, decrease their stress levels, improving their ability to focus. June retired after 42 years as an OTR/L but since she wanted to continue to help her community, she offers services to help others manage their stress and health issues, offering reiki healing energy sessions/teaches classes through her business: It's All About The Heart. June's desire to continue helping others combined with her love of Nature led her to become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides (ANFT). She expanded her business establishing: Shinrin Yoku NY Forest Therapy Immersion. June is very passionate about guiding others to experience Nature in a different way. "I feel that by sharing my years of knowledge as well as guiding others in this forest bathing practice, will give them the tools to manage their stress and discover the ability to enhance their healing through boosting their immune system as well as increasing relaxation and emotional contentment by partnering with Nature. This Forest Therapy practice also deepens one's relationship and love with themselves and the world around them. I would be honored for you to come experience a Forest Therapy walk with me."