Rachel Schmidt BSW, PLC

Counsellor I Certified Psychosynthesis Depth Coach I Nature Based Mindfulness & Contemplative Arts Instructor I Artist I Mother I Sweet Soul

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Welcome to The Forest Studio

A place where you can leave the busyness and stress of the world behind  - and be supported to reconnect to self and the natural world around you. If you are craving solitude and introspection, and wanting to learn and grow, shift patterns and find happiness on a daily basis then you have landed in the right place. 

Hi, I'm Rachel and I use nature based mindfulness, psychosynthesis, and contemplative arts to help women shift their awareness into self reflection and mindfulness so they can discover, express, and integrate parts of self, and live the life that is calling them. Because a calm and clear mind creates a deeply happy body and soul.

Many of the women I work with have an urge to be free. A vision of a life at the edge of their consciousness trying to emerge. A desire to live another story, a new version of self wanting to explore the world. If you feel this too then something is trying to get your attention. Are you listening, can you open space to allow these parts to come forward, to be in relationship with them? I would be honoured to help you do this work.

My studio is located in a forest in British Columbia, Canada surrounded by 150-year-old trees. I have a degree in social work with 30 years of experience, along with certification in a depth psychology coaching approach called Psychosynthesis, and a background in teaching and visual arts.

I am currently accepting new clients in my online counselling and coaching practice, and women who are interested in nature based and contemplative arts courses. You can learn more about my work and courses below, and more about me and my fees under the "Meet Rachel" tab.

Please be in touch if you have any questions. 


Nature-Based Mindfulness

Awaken your senses and wonder.

Do you dream about slowing down, emptying your mind and completely regenerating your strength? Being in connection with the forests, oceans, stars, and everything wild is the best medicine for our well-being, happiness, and spiritual growth. Nature Based Mindfulness can help you deepen your connection and spiritual practice with the natural world, and fall in love with the beauty of nature. This work will help reawaken a vivid sense of interconnection within yourself and the world around you. A natural remedy to build resiliency, and strengthen mental health and wellness. Virtual or outdoor sessions available.

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Upcoming Contemplative Arts Courses

  • Wise Counsel
    Wed, Sept 28
    Live Classes Online
    Sept 28, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Live Classes Online
    This course is for women who want to deepen their commitment to personal and spiritual growth in the second half of life, connect with the natural and instinctual world, and creatively explore parts of self that are emerging now.
  • Nourished
    Sun, Sept 25
    Online Classes
    Sept 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Online Classes
    For women who want to deepen their commitment to personal and spiritual growth, connection with the natural world and changing of the seasons, explore what is wanting creative expression through them, and increase their sense of well-being in their bodies.

What Women are Saying


"Rachel's soulful and compassionate approach helped me find my way through a confusing and challenging time. I gained new perspectives about the different parts of myself, and techniques to manage difficult emotions. I really appreciated her knowledge about mindfulness, and her focus on the healing elements found in nature."

Sarah, 28

"I love Rachel's contemplative arts courses. I found so much richness exploring what was wanting creative expression through me, and the focus on beauty and form in the natural world created a deep sense of inner calm in my mind and body. In this complex world, Rachel's courses offered me a doorway back to cultivating a more peaceful and meaningful life." 

Layla, 51

“Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour”

Walt Whitman