Our Forest Bathing exercises are drawn from a huge variety of sources: from the cutting edge current right back into the dawn of our ancestry. It is all but impossible to gift anyone but a slight taste of the possible uses and benefits of the practice. However, all sessions - no matter now advanced or… Continue reading What we do on our introductory walks
We have just discovered a very old clip of Mr dBL and one of our bambinos taking a forest walk early in the morning, making a fire by rubbing sticks together (!), brewing a quick wayfarer's tea, safely putting the fire out and leaving no trace. A great example of mindful flow through lighting and… Continue reading Five minute fires and mindfulness
We are delighted to offer a certified course training those who wish to become Forest Bathing Leaders. The course will run this autumn (September/October/November) and will be fully certificated. The course will run over three weekend blocks (from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon) with independent study and practice between sessions. There will be an evaluation… Continue reading Certified Forest Bathing Leader Course
Bewilderment: the quality or state of being lost, perplexed, or confused. To be truly in the wilds. A place where there is no map. A place to get lost and become bewildered. Woods Shock is a more contemporary term for being-wilded. In the woods, in the back-country, in the forests where nobody often goes is… Continue reading Bewildered, being lost and the art of finding oneself.
We have many favourite trees, not only are they varied and beautiful but each has its own unique qualities, wonderful uses and amazing stories. There is one we have fallen in love with. It is the Douglas Fir. We wanted to share why we love Douglas. Because the next time you go for a walk… Continue reading Love letter to Douglas (Fir)
2pm - 3.30pm (£10 per person) - includes tea ceremony Forest Bathing isn’t new or as wacky as it sounds but is a blend of ancient wisdom, modern medicine and research to create a proven route to wellbeing. Forest Bathing or 'Shinrin-yoku' was a term that was coined about 30 years ago in Japan. What… Continue reading Haldon Forest Bathing 1st December 2017
We all know the headlines: Stress Kills. What many don’t necessarily know, especially outside leadership teams, organisational development departments and occupational health advisers is the sheer scale of the problem. Stress is the single most important player in sickness absence. In the UK, the Health & Safety Executive reports that nearly 12 million days are lost due… Continue reading Nature: workplace wellbeing
Dr Kellas is the Nature-based Mental Healthcare and Green Spaces Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In a recent interview (link) for BBC Radio 4 by the assistant Editor of the Spectator, Isabel Hardman, he outlines the imperative of using nature not only to help build a sustainable mental health service but: 'the most important thing… Continue reading Dr Kellas (R Coll of Psyc) speaks of nature-based therapies as part of the mental health service.
Considering that over a third of the population is expected to get cancer in their lifetime, it would foolish to ignore the potential of our body’s natural ability to reduce cancerous tumors and virally infected cells. Natural killer cells (NK cells) are an aggressive part of our immune system that plays an important role in removing damaged cells from… Continue reading Forest Bathing and Cancer
Our sense of touch is more than skin deep. It touches us deeply - physically, mentally and emotionally. Babies learn from an early age by putting things in their mouths. Those with sight loss may navigate and read with their fingertips. People with congenital hearing loss use the auditory cortex to process touch stimuli and… Continue reading Making sense of nature: touch