Forest Bathing &
Nature Therapy

I offer a range of outdoor activities in collaboration with the natural environment,

including guided Forest Bathing sessions, mindfulness in nature and team experiences

- suitable for individuals, groups and corporate teams 

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest Bathing involves immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to connect with the natural environment.

 

Developed from the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing can help us to slow down and switch off from the hustle and bustle of modern day living. Simply being in a forest or woodland can help us to step away from today's busy world and look after ourselves both physically and mentally.

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More than just a walk in the woods, Forest Bathing takes you to a different level of sensory awareness and there is a wealth of scientific evidence that proves spending time in nature and practising being in the present moment, can lead to:

  • improved concentration and memory 

  • regulated blood pressure

  • reduced stress, anxiety and depression

  • increased energy

  • a boost in the number of natural killer cells which exist in our body to fight off infection and viruses

  • faster recovery from illness or surgery

  • a more efficient immune system

  • better quality sleep

  • enhanced mood 

  • increased creativity

Allow me to guide you by using simple sense based activities and introducing mindfulness techniques, to help you to reconnect with nature and yourself. With proven health benefits, allow your curiosity to run wild and boost your wellbeing. Join me to start your journey. Includes a short walk in the woodland.

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A Typical Session

A typical nature based session consists of:

  • an introduction and explanation 

  • some simple breathing practice

  • a short woodland walk incorporating an introduction to nature therapy/forest bathing techniques

  • mindful activities using a range of senses

  • a relaxation session 

  • a tea ceremony 

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Wellbeing Retreats

Why not book on to one of my Summertime Retreats?

 

Mindfulness and Forest Bathing Walks
start at 7pm and finish at 9pm and take place at Parkgate Farm Retreats, Higher Poynton, Cheshire. Upcoming dates include:

Wednesday 20 July  FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 3 August 

Wednesday 17 August FULLY BOOKED 

Thursday 18 August 

 

Woodland Retreat with Camp Fire Lunch 

start at 10.30am and finish at 1.00pm and take place at Middlewood House, Higher Poynton, Cheshire. Upcoming dates include:

Saturday 17 September

Mindfulness and Forest Bathing Retreat 

start at 10.30am and finish at 1.00pm and take place at Middlewood House, Higher Poynton, Cheshire. Upcoming dates include:

Saturday 8 October

Forest Path

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he/she seeks"

John Muir

Woman Alone in Forest

"The art of forest bathing is the art of connecting with nature through our senses"

Dr Qing Li

The origins of Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing refers to spending immersive time under the canopy of trees and has developed from the Japenese practice of Shinrin Yoku . In Japanese shinrin means forest, and yoku, although it has several meanings, refers here to a ‘bathing, showering or basking in’. The concept was developed in Japan in the 1980s as a type of preventative health care to combat stress caused by living and working in large cities and towns. With over 60 forests approved for forest bathing in Japan alone, and plenty of emerging worldwide science based research, Forest Bathing is spreading rapidly throughout the world.

In the UK The Forest Bathing Institute [TFBI]with whom I work closely, has been carrying out research in conjunction with a number of University's and published a research paper into the health benefits of Forest Bathing+ (TFBI's own brand of Forest Bathing). The paper reports there were improvements in positive emotions and mood, rumination, nature connection and compassion and a majority of participants showed signs of improved health, through indicators such as heart rate. Furthermore, Forest Bathing was found to be as beneficial as other established wellbeing interventions. 

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Team wellbeing events
and group

nature therapy sessions

Are you doing enough to look after the wellbeing of your team?

 

My outdoor team wellbeing activities can support the physical and mental health of you and your colleagues. Spending time together in nature can have a positive impact on collaboration, creativity and resilience.


For interest and community groups, my tailored sessions can enhance your programme of activities and offer a nature based alternative to the run of the mill events. 

 

If you would prefer an individual facilitated session or guided nature based wellbeing walk please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Make sure you have left your phone and camera behind. You are going to be walking aimlessly and slowly. You don’t need any devices. Let your body be your guide. Listen to where it wants to take you. Follow your nose. And take your time. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get anywhere. You are not going anywhere. You are savouring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting the forest in.

Dr Qing Li ‘The Art and Science of Forest Bathing’

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Session Schedule

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