Ontario Guides Gathering

Ontario Guides Gathering


April 21, 2024    
11:45 am - 4:00 pm


Belain Farm
18101 Shaws Creek Rd, Belfountain (Not Alton), Ontario, L7K0E8

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood

It’s official—we are having a face-to-face, in-person Almost Earth Day Ontario Guides Gathering (first annual?) and really really hope you can come!

The Date: Sunday April 21, 2024 (rain, snow or shine)  noon-4:00pm

The Host: ANFT Guide Anna de Langley

@ 519-217-3516

Belain Farm

18101 Shaws Creek Rd.,

Belfountain (NOT Alton) , Ontario

L7K 0E8

The Plan: –11:45am-Arrive at 11:45, already fed (nearby is the Belfountain Cafe, which is often very busy on a nice day) or a Tim Horton’s in Erin (3 minutes away);  both good spots if you need some lunch and to use a washroom

-details for parking will be sent once we know numbers of vehicles

-time to use the washroom

Noon-1:00pm—-Beth will welcome everyone, invite introductions and time to share nuggets of best practice.  

1:00-3:30Forest Bathing with each other—Anna will show us great spots for POP, WIM, Sitspot and Invitations, as we wander out into her beautiful property and guide each other

3:30-4:00 linger, chat, reconnect and feel free to leave when needed, recognizing that everyone will be travelling on this day

The Proposal: We are hoping to have anyone who wishes to participate in any of the roles listed here:

Welcome—Anna de Langley and Beth Foster

Land Acknowledgement= ?

POP= ?


Invitation # 1= Emma Rooney

Invitation # 2=?


Fire invitation=Anna DeLangley

Tea Ceremony= 2 guides to offer tea and Twila Sloan and 1 other  guide to offer snacks

What to bring: -a refillable water bottle (there is great water available the farm)

-a sit-upon or chair for outdoors

-an invitation you would like to share with others (or not…no pressure)

-clothing suitable to be outside for most of the afternoon (if needed we can shelter in a barn on the site but it is full of hay)

-long pants

-it’s a farm and will probably be muddy—-choose footwear with this in mind

-any snacks or food you need for yourself

What not to bring: dogs or other animals, unless they are Service Dogs (thanks—this is a working farm with horses, deer, coyotes)

What to do next: -reply to Beth Foster at bethfoster0156@yahoo.ca by Thursday April 11, 2024, to confirm you are coming 

-if there is a role in the Forest Bathe you would like to perform, please let me know.

-any questions, suggestions or things we missed? Please let me know. 

Looking forward to meeting and greeting you in April. Until then, enjoy the arrival of spring, or return of winter… 

Beth Foster (She/Her)

ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Trail Certification Consultant




(1)705 828 3525

“The forest is the therapist; the guide opens the doors.”

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