What is forest therapy?

 

Forest Therapy helps to establishing a deeper connection between you and your natural environment. This can greatly benefit your physical and mental wellbeing. Forest therapy, also known as Shinrin Yoku, is known to reduce stress and enhance health and immunity.

In normal therapy conversation is encouraged, however, during a forest therapy sessions there is less talking. Instead you are encouraged to use your sense of hearing, sight, smell and touch to explore your inner and outer worlds. This helps to calm the mind and significantly reduce anxiety.

 

What happens during a forest therapy session?

We will take a gentle walk to a pleasant nature spot, usually in some woodlands or a forest. Here, a set of easy-to-follow,  mind-calming and relaxing invitations are given to help you connect to yourself and your natural environment. The session can last anything from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on location and need. After a forest therapy session most people report feeling more grounded, calmed down, more connected and more focussed. On a physical level blood pressure often drops, heart rate becomes more stable and cortisol levels decrease. Some people have found that a forest therapy session can also serve as an opportunity to process emotional difficulties.

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What to bring:

  • Waterproofs

  • Bottle of drinking water & a snack

  • Something to sit on like a fold up blanket

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • An open mind

  • A note book and pen

Please make sure you dress warm enough, there won't be vigorous movement to keep you warm!

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Forest Therapy Sessions for small groups

Leigh Woods, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3QE

(Please note parking charges apply at this car park)

Blaise Castle - Coombe Dingle

The Dingle, Bristol BS9 2PA

(free parking - limited spaces)

I run donation based forest therapy sessions throughout the months June, July, August ad September for groups of 3 to 5 people.

If you are a group of 3 -5 people and wish to try a forest therapy session, please email me @ kay@kayvanbeersum.com