Nature is our finest healer
Nature has so much to offer. A place to just be. A place to feel calm, to recharge, breathe in pure air, enjoy quietude, solitude and to ground the mind, body and soul. Nature is our best therapist, always available, always on time and entirely free. Forest therapy, also known as Shinrin Yoku, helps us to reconnect to our natural environment. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety and enhances 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 reduces anxiety and stress.
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. My guided forest therapy session are donation based. Give what you can afford and nature provides back what you need.
What to bring:
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!
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org