Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku - Spending Immersive Time Under The Canopy of Trees to Reduce Stress and Promote Wellbeing. It’s a nature connection practice that started to become popular in Japan during the 1980’s. Scientific research has been done to measure the healing benefits derived from simply being in a forest or woodland setting in a mindful way. It also gives us a chance to enjoy our forests and green spaces more and encourages us to want to take care of them.
These are some of the benefits reported after just 2 hours of Forest Therapy:
Can help reduce stress, anxiety, overwhelm and depression
Improves and elevates mood
Reduces or normalises blood pressure
Boosts immune system, stimulates NK cells
Has an anti inflammatory effect
Decreases blood glucose levels
Stimulates creative energy
Helps you sleep better
“When we suffer the Earth embraces us, accepts us and restores our energy, making us strong and stable. The relief we seek is right under our feet and all around us”.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Forest Bathing and Mindfulness in Nature is such a simple concept yet can be amazingly soothing and transformative. It helps us to slow down, come into the present moment and pay attention to the natural environment around us. This draws the focus away from the constant stream of thoughts in our head, rumination and overthinking. It’s a slow walk around a woodland trail with invitations to explore the environment through sensory exercises. Often a sense of awe and child like wonder can be rekindled as the session progresses. Forest Bathing is amazingly simple yet powerfully soothing and rejuvenating. Described by one of our participants as an Outdoor Spa for the Mind.
Forest Bathing includes some gentle breathing exercises which bring the additional benefit of inhaling the woodland aromatherapy, including the tree chemicals known a phytoncides which can help to boost our immune system. You will learn more about the scientific benefits during the session. Monthly sessions are available at Leonardslee on Saturday’s. Wednesday sessions for the Autumn and Spring at Standen House, National Trust Woodlands.
Forest Bathing at Leonardslee £35 (members 10% discount)
Winter Solstice Forest Bathing - Thursday 21st December at Leonardslee 10.00am - 12.30pm
Forest Bathing Saturday 20th January 2024 10am - 12.30pm
Forest Bathing Saturday 3rd February 2024 10am - 12.30pm
Forest Bathing Saturday 2nd March 2024 10am - 12.30pm
Forest Bathing Saturday 6th April 2024 10am - 12.30pm
Spring Forest Bathing at Standen House and Gardens, National Trust (Rockinghill Woods) £38 inc entry to gardens and cafe only
Wednesday 8th May 10.30am - 1pm
Wednesday 5th June 10.30am - 1pm
Wednesday 10th July 10.30am - 1pm
See events page links to book above dates at Leonardslee and Standen
Forest Bathing Beltane Celebration - Wednesday 1st May 10.00am - 12.30pm £35 Dragons Green (private woodlands)
Please use contact form for private sessions
1st Sunday Nature Connection Walk for Early Risers! 8.00am - 10am
Next walk Sunday 3rd March (please use contact form for location info and booking)
Nature Therapy Classes, Mindful walks and Forest Bathing for friends, occasions and celebrations
Please contact me to discuss how we can bespoke a special event for your group.
Pre booking is essential for all classes, events and workshops.
Private sessions available at Leonardslee (please use contact form for more info)
£50.00 p/p min of 5 participants or £250
£35.50 p/p 7+ participants
10 + or corporate please contact me for a quotation
Guided woodland walks and Shinrin Yoku for small groups/corporate/retreats
Time in nature is wonderful for relieving stress and re energising mind and body.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the therapies I offer or to book a place on one of my events.
You can also call me or leave a message on 07748617867