These sessions, which I am excited to offer you, have been inspired by and are similar to what the Japanese call “Forest Bathing” or Shinrin-yoku. Shinrin – yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses.
The Japanese have practiced this for years, having discovered the science behind the feeling of walking in nature. A national health programme for forest bathing began to be introduced in Japan in 1982.
“We are “hard-wired” to affiliate with the natural world, and just as our health improves when we are in it, so our health suffers when we are disconnected from it” Dr Qing Li, Associate professor at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo and one of the world’s leading experts on the health benefits of natural environments.
This is for you if:
- You want time out for yourself to feel uplifted, peaceful and energised.
- You feel overwhelmed and stressed
- Feel low, depressed or anxious
- You want to make significant changes to your life
Please note this is NOT a therapy and it is NOT a guided nature walk. My aim is to support people in improving their mental and physical well being, by being immersed in the natural world.
This is a guided immersion in nature which includes mindful activities, sensory exercises and meditative walking.
We tend to use our sense of sight and hearing the most, so we don’t utilize our other senses as much. However, sometimes we are so preoccupied, our minds being so busy, we may even be listening to music or a podcast on our mobile, and with a tendency to walk fast. So we are unable to fully connect with our surroundings, giving the most minimal attention to what we are seeing and hearing.
It is only when we truly open up fully to our senses, we begin to connect to the natural world in a way that is healing and meaningful to us.
Why Is It Important For Us To Do This?
- A lot of us live in cities
- We spend a lot of time indoors, in our cars, in offices.
- We are spending lots of time looking at our screens, working on computers.
- Checking our phones or other devices, consuming media.
- A lot of us have unhealthy behaviour around new technology. We check our phones, share updates constantly and feel as if we need to be connected constantly to them.
- Cities are fab places to live in the sense that they are full of excitement, culture, entertainment, and energy. However, this can be stressful and when we are too stressed it increases our risk for heart attacks and cancer. Living this way we are more prone to experiencing loneliness, panic attacks, and depression.
The World Health Organisation [WHO] calls stress the health epidemic of the twenty-first century. So it is vitally important that we find ways of managing stress.
What’s The Good News?
There is a wealth of data that proves a two-hour mindfulness forest walk, on a regular basis, will help you to:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce depression
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Reduce mental fatigue
- Reduce anger and aggression
- Improves concentration, creativity, and memory
- Improves your energy
- Improves mood
- Makes you feel happier
- Boosts the immune system
- Increase sense of gratitude, generosity and selflessness
- Increase sense of wonder and awe
“Thank you for a lovely couple of hours, I really enjoyed myself. I found the two hours invaluable to help me relax and put me into a much better place after a very busy week. The whole process helped me reconnect to me and forget the stories I had walked in with. It seems like a true indulgence to do this on a Friday afternoon however, I would say it was the most valuable thing to do to reconnect to who you are. It has helped me to look at my life from a different perspective, I can now see the wood for the trees.”
Client, Mindfulness Forest Walk in Exeter, Devon
Upcoming Mindfulness Forest Walking at Stover Country Park Dates:
Due to COVID19, my future mindfulness forest walks are yet to confirmed
Stover Country Park
Please note booking is essential as the venue may change.
We will keep people updated as things change going forward. To double-check quickly on whether a walk will be going ahead please go to the Mindfulness Forest Walk Facebook page or check via my email email@example.com
Please note: Due to limited numbers on each walk and the possibility that the venue might change, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL 12 hours before the walk. This is not a therapy and it is not a guided nature walk. My aim is to support people in improving their mental and physical well being by being immersed in the natural world.
This is a guided immersion in nature including mindful activities, sensory exercises, meditative walking.
What Is Included In This Two Hour Session
- Guided immersion in the natural world by connecting fully to nature through all the senses.
- Various mindful activities
- Breathing and sensory exercises
- Meditative walking
- A chance to fully connect with yourself, give yourself the gift of space and time to restore and rejuvenate.
ONLY £5 PER PERSON
Want to try this out for yourself or have a few questions?
Booking is essential.
The venue may change due to the weather, full details will be given on booking.
I do hope you can join us, for fun, connection and joy in Nature.