Who we are

My name is Rachel Perry, and ever since I can remember I have always enjoyed my time outside. Whether it was coming up with games in the grass, climbing trees, or camping on the weekends. It was a place that I was never scared of and an opportunity to indulge my imagination and creativity. As I got older, my responsibilities grew. Going to school, homework, sports, even starting my first job, I noticed began to to lose that connection to nature.
I always wanted to spend much of my day outside and now in the age of the Chicago hustle and bustle, I found myself waking up to go to work to come home to go to sleep with the rare vacation that we jampack with activities. I craved a change, I craved that connection again. I found a course titled, “Forest Therapy and Nature Connection Guide”. All of those words resonated with this idea, this lifestyle, this change I craved. I went up to Ontario, Canada to do the intensive training with a practicum to follow. I fell in love with the practice.
It’s a practice that does not require the move to the middle of knowhere, but a practice that even the Chicago hustle could fit in to their life.
A practice that allows relaxation. That gives us permission to be. I know what it’s like to leave the Chicago hustle and live for extended periods of time other places where it is slower and how easy it was to make that transition from hustle to relaxed.
The culture in some other areas of the world is so different from Chicago. I moved up to New Brunswick, Canada in late 2020 and I lived there for six months in a tiny fishing village. I loved the woods and the salted sea being right on the coast. When I came back to the states, I visited Chickamauga, GA. I stayed there alone through parts of the fall and winter in 2021. Being in the Appalachian mountain range, the South provided a warm welcome and a new culture too observe.
When I came back to Chicago and resumed employment, thinking over just over a year and a half of self work on relaxation and slowing down, I was surprised to find myself immediately back in that Chicago hustle. Wake up, go to work, come home and go to bed; always be doing something.
This idea, this practice, this permission I want to bring to the Chicagoland area. I Do not want to change the Chicago hustle culture. All I wish is to introduce a way to manage the stress that comes along with it.

Who we are

My name is Rachel Perry, and ever since I can remember I have always enjoyed my time outside. Whether it was coming up with games in the grass, climbing trees, or camping on the weekends. It was a place that I was never scared of and an opportunity to indulge my imagination and creativity. As I got older, my responsibilities grew. Going to school, homework, sports, even starting my first job, I noticed began to to lose that connection to nature.
I always wanted to spend much of my day outside and now in the age of the Chicago hustle and bustle, I found myself waking up to go to work to come home to go to sleep with the rare vacation that we jampack with activities. I craved a change, I craved that connection again. I found a course titled, “Forest Therapy and Nature Connection Guide”. All of those words resonated with this idea, this lifestyle, this change I craved. I went up to Ontario, Canada to do the intensive training with a practicum to follow. I fell in love with the practice.

It’s a practice that does not require the move to the middle of knowhere, but a practice that even the Chicago hustle could fit in to their life.
A practice that allows relaxation. That gives us permission to be. I know what it’s like to leave the Chicago hustle and live for extended periods of time other places where it is slower and how easy it was to make that transition from hustle to relaxed.
The culture in some other areas of the world is so different from Chicago. I moved up to New Brunswick, Canada in late 2020 and I lived there for six months in a tiny fishing village. I loved the woods and the salted sea being right on the coast. When I came back to the states, I visited Chickamauga, GA. I stayed there alone through parts of the fall and winter in 2021. Being in the Appalachian mountain range, the South provided a warm welcome and a new culture too observe.
When I came back to Chicago and resumed employment, thinking over just over a year and a half of self work on relaxation and slowing down, I was surprised to find myself immediately back in that Chicago hustle. Wake up, go to work, come home and go to bed; always be doing something.
This idea, this practice, this permission I want to bring to the Chicagoland area. I Do not want to change the Chicago hustle culture. All I wish is to introduce a way to manage the stress that comes along with it.