​       My Services
      are Your Paths
      to Well-Being

My services are varied, yet carry with them a combination of the three main elements
that have been constant in my life. I embrace these callings or gifts to guide me
in fostering an enhanced state of well-being of both people and planet.  

NATURE is part of the Source that guides and inspires me. 
CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT is how I explore, discover, express and create connections between people and nature.  
HEALING and enhanced WELL-BEING for people and planet is why I do what I do.

Nature Connections

Creative Engagement

Healing Intentions

NATURE is part of an all-encompassing SOURCE of healing and wisdom, as well as  the INSPIRATION for what I do.  No matter if I'm designing and creating or guiding a forest bathing walk, I continually tap into Nature's beauty, simplicity and diversity, its life-supporting cycles and patterns, and the healing properties it so abundantly provides.
How beautiful and intelligent Nature's Design is!  Like Nature, DESIGN is integral to my life. I love to facilitate positive connections between people and nature through various CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS that I am well-versed in: shinrin-yoku, architecture, art, photography, writing, and teaching.  I have almost four decades of experience designing -  of bringing together a variety of elements in ways that facilitate clearer understanding, and a greater sense of harmony, beauty and well-being.​​
Having had numerous personal experiences of HEALING or ENHANCED WELL-BEING by connecting deeply to the Natural World, my INTENTION is to help others do the same. The health of humans and planet can simultaneously be elevated when we realize and appreciate that sense of connection, and when we feel that power of awe or wonder that Nature can provide to us.  

My mission statement: ​​

Using my creative abilities to help people connect positively
with the natural world, for the purposes of
enhancing the the well-being of both humans and nature.
Which Shi​​​​​​​​​​​nrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Experience is Right for You?
I provide a variety of Nature and Forest Therapy offerings that allow you to experience the benefits of enhanced well-being, reduced stress, and a deeper nature connection.  If you don't see something below that works for you, please contact me.  I am open to other options!

Please note that I use phrases such as Forest BathingShinrin-yoku, and Forest Therapy Walks interchangeably, and they refer to the same thing.  Experiences do vary depending upon the number of people participating, the location, the day, season, weather, etc..  

For information on schedules and costs, please visit "Events"
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  1. Small Group
    Small Group
    A leisurely, non-strenuous Forest Bathing walk experience, typically in a local or state park for groups of 4 to 12. Full Forest Bathing: 2-3 hours, Abbrev.: 75 minutes. For ages 16 and above. (Special walks for youth)
  2. Individual
    The individual Shinrin-Yoku experience offers an opportunity for more focus, quiet time, and contemplation. As the guide, I can assist you in moving deeper into your own healing and wellness journey.
  3. Organizational / Corporate
    Organizational / Corporate
    A perfect pairing with an organizational or company retreat, a Nature/Forest Therapy walk can enhance mental clarity and creativity levels, and provide a heightened sense of wellbeing for your team members.
  4. Nature / Creativity
    Nature / Creativity
    Shinrin-Yoku pairs beautifully with creativity workshops, offering participants the opportunity to shift from the analytical mind prior to a Forest Bathing experience, to a more open, inspired expression afterwards.
  5. Wellness Partnerships
    Wellness Partnerships
    Similar to Nature / Creativity partnerships, pairing Shinrin-Yoku with other practices and therapies such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, equine or art therapy, etc., can enhance and enrich their positive benefits.
  6. Other Options
    Other Options
    The options are vast and ripe for exploration at this point! I am open to discussing how to integrate a Nature and Forest Therapy experience in ways not yet mentioned under my list of serves. Let's talk!

How can I Help You ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Create Your NEST?

I​​​​​​​ have been immersed in design my entire life.  

I am particularly  interested in designing and creating both interior and exterior spaces that are deeply personal and health-full for those who inhabit them.
The design of your space should be as distinct and perfectly suited to you as a nest is to its respective bird.    

As an architect with additional education
and experience in ineterior design and
landscape design, I dwell in the gentler realm of these professions.  I have a heart-felt resonance with the arts, am sensitive and empathetic, and embrace a sincere sense of caring  and love for the natural world and humanity.

With Nature and Nurturing as my guiding forces, I can help you create your own

Studio Birke (Birke = Birch in German)

As the all-encompasing business name for my creative endeavors, Studio Birke is where you can connect to me for services of ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, ART and WRITING.

The Studio Birke website invites you to my unique way of combining my love of Nature and forest therapy guide training with a thoughtful, almost therapeutic design process; to explore and design spaces that are  designed for your enhanced sense of well-being!  

 Please visit me at StudioBirke.com , or email me at [email protected] 
Studio Birke