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Certified Forest Therapy Guide

In addition to being a master’s prepared nurse in Mental Health, a master’s prepared bioethicist, and a registered horticultural therapist, I am a certified Forest Therapy Guide from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). During the years that I have been leading walks, I have confirmed that the experience leads to less stress, a sense of peacefulness, and a “lightening” of the spirit. Guided healing walks in the forest teach people the power of mindfulness in nature. Taking the time to observe the hidden beauty that is all around us is a skill that can be taught and re-created in people's lives with the creation of their own “sit spot” near home. I lead private and group walks both in NJ and Pennsylvania.

Registered Horticultural Therapist

Horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. Horticultural therapists are professionals with specific education, training, and credentials in the use of horticultural for therapy and rehabilitation. I have always loved plants because of the joy I found in working with them and I have experienced the fact that working with plants promotes emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being in others. I completed Horticultural therapist education at Delaware Valley University (2017) and achieved registered status in 2020, with a private practice that brings people and plants together for health and happiness. I work with seniors and children both privately and in groups.


Mindful in Nature Team

About the Team of Forest Therapy guides working with Mindful in Nature:


Just hover over their photo to read all about them. Walks can be led by one, two or all of the guides depending on the size of the group. The team is available for retreat and corporate events by appointment.

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     Heather Van Fleet is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She offers in person and online Forest Bathing experiences to individuals and groups looking to connect more with themselves, others, and nature.


     She is committed to guiding and supporting others in well-being, and is also a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach offering coaching for well-being, mindfulness, and embodied personal leadership.

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Donna Cardillo, RN

     Known as The Inspiration Nurse, Donna is an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Reiki Master, certified meditation teacher, Veriditas-trained labyrinth leader, retreat facilitator, and certified speaking professional (CSP).

     She offers individual, group, and corporate nature-based wellness and empowerment programs. Donna is author of the award-winning book Falling Together-How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart.