Presenters

Cascadia Forest Therapy

Michael Stein-Ross founded Cascadia Forest Therapy in 2017 after earning his Nature and Forest Therapy Guide certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Since then he has guided over 200 forest bathing sessions across the Puget Sound region. Over the last two years he co-facilitated Cascadia Forest Therapy’s transformation into a non-profit, organized as a member self-directed co-op, to advance the culture of nature connection practices and support the regional community of forest therapy guides. Michael also holds a MEd. in Learning and Technology and teaches humanities at Maritime High School.

 

Denise McDermott, MSW, LICSW is a licensed therapist who has lived in the Puget Sound area for most of her life. After seeing positive results early on in her practice when working with clients in natural settings, she sought to create more ways to incorporate nature in all aspects of her practice and her life. Raising her children as avid ‘birders’, organizing a community garden in her neighborhood, presenting on the importance of the child/nature connection to teacher & parent groups, taking High School Students on Field Trips to the local Wildlife Refuge, and prioritizing time for herself in the abundant wilderness that is our home are some of the ways she has leaned into Nature’s gifts. She has found that a hike on Mt. Rainier or time spent watching a snail work it’s way around the rim of the birdbath can be equally rewarding when time is taken to notice with intention.

Being trained and certified as a guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy has allowed Denise to further her connection with nature and she views guiding both groups and individuals in this practice as an honor and a gift.