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Mental Health Awareness Week

Free Forest Therapy Sessions

13th - 16th May 2021

Leigh Woods, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3QE

(Please note parking charges apply at this car park)

Free Forest therapy walk times:

13th May - 10.00 - 12.00

14th May - 10.00 - 12.00  & 14.00 - 16.00

15th May - 09.00 - 11.00 & 15.00 - 17.00

16th May - 09.00 - 11.00 & 15.00 - 17.00

What is forest therapy?

 

Forest Therapy works on establishing a deeper connection between you and your natural environment. This enhances physical and mental wellbeing. A forest therapy session can support recovery from physical or mental illness and improve your overall health.

In normal therapy conversation is encouraged, however, during a forest therapy sessions there is less talking. Instead we are encouraged to use our sense of hearing, sight, smell and touch. This helps to calm the mind and 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 exercises 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. What is not to like!

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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 (optional)

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