My name is Tam and I created Toadstool Walks with the intention to offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. I believe the practice of Forest Bathing can deepen and broaden relationships by supporting health and healing for all beings.
I hold space for folks to come together to share and bear witness in community with the natural or more-than-human world in a way that supports our remembering that we are not simply in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature.
I am a certified Forest Therapy Guide, Trainer, and Mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. My training includes an understanding of the scientific framework of Forest Therapy as well as an open style of unprescribed facilitation that supports the possibility for cultural repair, focusing on relationships of reciprocity.
I guide regular ongoing Forest Bathing walks in the Boston area and host multi-day retreats. I currently mentor Forest Therapy Guides in training as well as folks who seek 1-1 support in reconnecting with their own nature. I also read Tarot and integrate readings into Forest Therapy. I have extensive mentoring experience serving LGBTQ Folks through BAGLY, The Theater Offensive’s True Colors, and The Venture Out Project.
I hold CPR, First Aid and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certifications.
I have guided, collaborated and presented Forest Therapy with:
- The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
- Massachusetts Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
- The Emerald Necklace Conservancy
- Peabody Essex Museum
- Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness
- Boston University School Of Theology
- Showa Institute for Language and Culture
- The Venture Out Project
- Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute
- The Yoga Space At The Farm
- Yoga For Daily Living
- ThruBody Therapy
- Welcoming Journey
- Carrie Grossman
- Muddy River Herbals
- SOS Recovery Community Organization
- Chesterwood Historic Trust
- Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary
- Boston Harbor Now