About us

 

Humans in Nature Wellness Services Inc. is a community of certified guides and instructors that offer group and individual nature-based programs that enhance well-being. Program areas include nature and forest therapy (also known as shinrin-yoku or forest bathing), horticultural therapy, as well as yoga and meditation. Connecting these program areas is our love for plants and people, our understanding of the benefits of spending time in nature (and our love for being outdoors!), and the life-enrichment experienced through mindfulness.

We are committed to helping people bring more nature, mindfulness, wellness, health, and vitality into their lives.

About Kaitlin Powers, HIN Director and Guide

Kaitlin has been said to live off of fresh air and sunshine, and she brings these with her to each of her programs. Like many guides, she has a diverse background and assortment of certifications. Her conventional education brought her to the University of Waterloo where she completed a Bachelors of Environmental Studies Degree (honours) in Environment and Resource Studies and a diploma in Ecological Restoration. After several years of working as an ecologist, her love for the natural environment and helping foster the human-nature relationship led her to extend her education to nature and forest therapy as well as horticultural therapy. She is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy under the teachings of M. Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhuis. She is a horticultural therapist who received training through Homewood Health Centre (Guelph) under the direction of Mitchell Hewson. A consistent source of inspiration in her life and work has been Kaitlin’s yoga and meditation practice. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2005 under the instruction of Razia Thadani of the Dharma Sutra Yoga Centre based out of Bangalore, India. Kaitlin’s teaching style is of a classical yoga practice that helps facilitate self-awareness, peace and vitality through hatha yoga and the practice of the yoga sutras.

All of Humans in Nature instructors have received training in their fields of practice and maintain certifications in these areas. All staff have current Standard First Aid & CPR training as well as Wilderness & Remote First Aid & CPR training.