Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy

Mindfulness in Nature and Forest Bathing

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 more 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

What is Forest Bathing?

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 just enjoy the natural environment around us. Our focus is drawn away from the constant stream of thoughts in our head to a more embodied presence of sensing and feeling. It’s a slow walk around a woodland trail with invitations to explore the environment through mindfulness and relaxation. 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 as phytoncides which can help to boost our immune system. Monthly sessions are available at Leonardslee all year round and at Standen House, National Trust Woodlands, May to October. Make a day of it if you can. Both places make a wonderful day out, lots to see and do after Forest Bathing. Ticket price includes entry for the whole day!

Forest Bathing at Leonardslee £35 (members 10% discount) Includes entry to gardens and hot drink in the courtyard cafe to close the session. Please note there is a parking charge for non members.

Tuesday 14th May 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 15th June 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 13th July 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 7th September 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 12th October 10am - 12.30pm

Forest Bathing at Standen House and Gardens, National Trust (Rockinghill Woods) £38 price includes entry to house and gardens, with a hot drink in the cafe to close the session.

Wednesday 5th June 10.30am - 1pm

Wednesday 10th July 10.30am - 1pm

Wednesday 4th September 10.30m - 1pm

Wednesday 2nd October 10.30am - 1pm

See events page links to book above dates at Leonardslee and Standen.

Forest Bathing Midsummer Celebration - Thursday 20th June 10.00am - 12.30pm £35 Dragons Green in privately owned woodlands.

Please use contact form to book this session direct with me.

WOODLAND WELLBEING EXPERIENCE Emma Weaver and Tracy Jouhning @tracyannjouhning

Day Retreats at Oakwood West Estate near Chichester Thursday 18th July/Friday 20th September 10am-4pm £95

These retreats focus on reconnecting individuals with nature, promoting harmony and healing. A unique blend of practices for self care and deeper spiritual connection with nature and the changing seasons.

Gentle Tai Chi Chih and Qigong, Mindfulness and Forest Bathing, Bach Flower Remedy Workshop and Yoga Nidra Style Deep Relaxation

Small group 10 places only (indoor space for inclement weather and toilets on site)

Introductory sessions available at the 2024 FLORAL FRINGE FAIR @floralfringefair

Mindfulness in Nature sessions coming soon near Henfield, please use contact form for more info

Nature Therapy, Mindful walks and Forest Bathing for friends, occasions and celebrations

Please contact me to discuss how I can bespoke a special event for your group.

Private sessions available at Leonardslee (please use contact form for more info)

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.

Contact Me

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