Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Liz Dawes

Certified Guide Since

A little about Liz...

Throughout her life, Liz has travelled extensively spending many transformational years living in India, trekking the Himalaya, attending silent retreats and personal development courses, taking her on a fascinating journey of self knowledge and understanding. Originally from Burnley in Lancashire, Liz emigrated to California in 1987 with her family. She subsequently lived in the Netherlands before returning to Lancashire to study Law and French. This took her to London where she practised law for 11 years but a career for life as a real estate lawyer was not for her!

In 2012, Liz discovered mindfulness and over the course of the following two years, she developed her own mindfulness practice and then trained to teach mindfulness courses. She has taught mindfulness in India and the UK and had a busy private practice working with individuals and corporate groups.

However, Liz was drawn to find a practice that combined her extensive learning with her love of nature and was delighted to find and and then train with ANFT.

As a guide (not a therapist), Liz helps participants to slow down, to bring attention to their body and senses, and to the place they are in. She offers a series of invitations that are designed to support sensory connection with the natural environment and participants have the opportunity to allow their bodies to lead them. In this state of embodiment, self-judgment, critical analysis and the roles we play fall away; we take off the masks and let the wind touch our faces. We become connected to place, and entirely in the moment.


Liz offers guided forest therapy walks in the Lancashire and Yorkshire (UK) areas for:

  • Public, private and workplace groups
  • For individuals on a one-to-one basis
  • As part of a bespoke retreat day at Avalon Wellbeing Centre on the Broughton Hall Estate, Skipton

Recent guided walks have taken place at Gisburn Forest, Browsholme Hall, both in the Forest of Bowland (AONB), Broughton Hall near Skipton and Hagg Wood, Burnley

Liz Dawes: The Forest Guru