Kindred Nature

holistic health
through forest bathing
& ecological design

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About Kindred Nature

Kindred Nature supports holistic health for people and nature by providing regenerative ecological design services and restorative nature connection experiences.Based in Northern Virginia and also serving Maryland and Washington, DC, Kindred Nature serves a wide range of clients including individuals, parks, nonprofits, and more.Please reach out to Ilana, Kindred Nature's founder, to request a nature connection experience or ecological design consultation!

nature connection experiences

  • forest bathing (a gentle, mindful, and bodyful practice of immersing ourselves in the natural world through our senses) for private or public groups

  • in-person experiences in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland

  • remotely-guided experiences for participants anywhere with a phone or internet connection

  • gift experiences for a loved one's birthday, anniversary, graduation, retirement, transition, other special occasion, or just because

  • seasonal or thematic nature experience series

  • community-building sessions

  • wellness retreat sessions

  • nature-based employee wellbeing workshops

ecological design services

  • providing a site consultation (the starting point for new design clients, with in-person and remote options): discuss your goals, tour and observe site conditions, and brainstorm potential design solutions

  • analyzing site conditions, such as weather and climate, sun exposure, water and runoff, soil, and ecoregion

  • crafting an energizing vision for your site with stakeholder input

  • generating a recommended plants list matched to your site's conditions, challenges, and opportunities

  • creating garden design ideas and plans tailored to your site and goals such as providing fresh food, supporting native wildlife, attracting butterflies and birds, reducing erosion, creating a nature playscape for kids, or relaxing in a multi-sensory garden

About Ilana

Ilana (she/her/hers) is a certified nature therapy & forest bathing guide, ecological design and permaculture enthusiast, and the founder of Kindred Nature. Based in Northern Virginia on Piscataway land, she believes that nature belongs to everyone and that everyone belongs to nature. She guides and designs to support people in connecting with themselves, each other, and the nature in and around each of us.Ilana is also a naturalist who delights in foraging, outdoor wanders, gardening, dancing, playing music, learning Spanish, and cozy moments. Growing up exploring rivers, ponds, and mountains fostered in Ilana an early love and kinship with nature that continues to deepen. Ilana’s offerings through Kindred Nature are also shaped by her experiences with environmental policy, coalition management and leadership, disability services, job coaching, human resources, education, anthropology, spirituality, and resilience.Ilana holds a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide certification from the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs, a Permaculture Design Certificate from Regenerative Earth Design, a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science & Policy, a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Human Services Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a Spanish minor.