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What Is Forest Therapy?

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku.

 

Shinrin-Yoku is a therapy to help support the healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments.  

It has research-based evidence . 

 

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you will discover is yourself"

~ Alan Alda

 

 

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Over the last 30 years there have been many studies conducted on Shinrin-Yoku.

These studies report beneficial results including

 

  • Reduced levels of stress hormones
  • Lowered Blood pressure
  • Increased NK activity
  • Increase activity of the parasympathetic nervous system

 

Tests have included saliva testing, insomnia research, physiological effects; various field experiements and Phytoncide research.  

Many of these have been under the research work of Dr Qing Li 

 

 

 

More Information on studies HERE

What to expect

How long does it take?

Each session can take between 2-4 hours.

These sessions usually cover approx 1 -2 miles only.

 

We offer longer sessions of full days and weekend retreats.

These longer sessions can cover approx 2-4 miles over the day or days.

Dates Planned for 2020 (Owlett)

January 18th   09:30 - 12:30

April 18th       09:30 - 12:30

July 18th         09:30 - 12:30

October 24th   09:30 - 12:30

Booking is essential as numbers are limited

 

£20 per session or book all 4 for £60.

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Tuning into your senses

 

"It is reported that after just 15 minutes your stress hormones will start to decrease."

 

We spend so much of our lives on high alert, within our work, attached to technology and  alerts for one thing or another.

When you enter a forest you will find that your breathing will become slower and your presence starts to increase.

This therapy is about immersing yourself in what nature has to offer.  

It is about stopping to look, to notice,  to observe, hearing each crackle of a twig or a leaf rustling in the breeze.  

Hearing the birds and noticing when you are still for long enough how their behaviour changes towards you.

It is smelling and inhaling the natural aroma of the trees and plants, the phytoncides, that in these essential oils by themselves can offer us so much increase in wellbeing.

Maybe on the first visit or certainly after a period of time you will notice an increase in your focus and clarity of thinking.

We have four 3 hour sessions and one full day retreat planned for 2020.

The four morning sessions will all be at Owlett Plantation Woods, with the permission of The Woodland Trust. There will be one for each season to invite you to discover the changing environments and all the nature and woodlands specifically have to offer you.

Each session will gently guide you through a number of exercises that will help you attune to your surroundings and encourages you to use a number of your senses as we go along. 

Participants should be dressed to suit the weather and have appropriate footwear to ensure their comfort and safety. A general fitness will also be required and should be able to walk for approx 2 miles and be able to seat against a tree comfortably. 

 

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir

 

EARTHING OR GROUNDING

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Earthing or Grounding

This practice of connecting with the earth offers researched based health improvements

 

Studies show significant improvement with insomnia, pain, inflammation, improved circulation and blood pressure.

 

  See some of these studies here

 

 

 

Spending as little as 10 - 20 minutes a day - connecting your feet to the earth whilst having your morning cup of tea - enjoying a little quiet time in your garden or local park is all it really takes.

 

“I like to walk, touch living Mother Earth — bare feet best, and thrill every step. [We] live with our heels as well as head and most of our pleasure comes in that way.

~John Muir.

 

1 : 1 Forest Therapy

and

Wild Coaching

also offered

 

Namasté

Shhh, can you hear it?
Can you hear the sound?
I think I can.

Wait.  First I must thank my mind for weaving thoughts, emotion.
Instantaneously transformed, feelings.
Wait.  First I must thank my intellect for being so smart.
Ideas to fix, evaluate, discriminate.
Wait.  First I must thank my ego for defending with vigilance.
Vast universe, infinite perceived threat.

Ahh!
Gratitude allows silence to emerge!

There it is.
Now I hear it.
The song of divinity, everywhere.
Everything.

Shhh, can you hear it?

poem by Tim Brieske MD

If you would like to experience the benefits of Forest Therapy, please contact us.

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