Creative journeys in Nature – Shinrin-yoku

 

“I believe Nature needs us and we need we need to remember we are part of it to find balance, joy and connection in our lives.

All through my life I have found great healing, inspiration and joy spending time in Nature. It has always been essential to my all round well being.  I walk slowly every day in the woods, gathering little treasures of natural wonder, feeling the elements on my skin and opening up to see and hear the plants, trees and woodland inhabitants. I have discovered that this daily practice has been named Shinrin-yoku  (forest bathing) by the Japanese. I call them Wanders for Wellbeing.

Since the 1980’s the Japanese have been conducting studies into the health benefits of spending time in the Forest. All over the world there is arising more and more scientific evidence for what we know to be true… Nature is good for you. It’s where we come from. We are part of it. We evolved with it. It is our natural environment, as opposed to the concrete cities we have created.  It is through our separation that we are getting sick and the environment is getting sick without us tending and respecting it.

However, the tide is turning and embracing a regular dose of Nature into your life, however that looks, is the first step. The trees are waiting for you and I’m here to help.

My Wanders for Wellbeing offer you an actively held safe space in which to connect with the more than human world and your own being.   I curate and plan a route which will offer you safely the best environment for the weather and season so you can relax deeply into the experience.

I craft invitations to awaken and engage all your senses and stir your imagination. I help you to slow down and let go of your busy mind to find pleasure, awe and wonder in the moment. I offer a non-judgemental and supportive safe space to share with others on the walk your insights and experience. Each wander is concluded with a special tea ceremony with tea made from locally foraged plants.

My Creative journeys offer all the above and more. Combining my expressive arts and celebrant skills I curate a journey where we explore and receive the wisdom and medicine of the forest, find creative expression through the mediums of ephemeral art, creative writing and authentic ritual in a reverently playful and spontaneous state of being.

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I have had the pleasure and honour to deliverWanders for Well being and Creative Journeys for the following groups and organisations as well as many individuals privately:

  • TheWoodland Trust at Fingle
  • Dartmoor National Park Authority and Public Health England as part of the Naturally Healthy project.
  • DrinkWISE AGEwell
  • Schumacher College
  • Dartington Hall Trust
  • THRIVE
  • Stover School

Journeys and Wanders are generally 2 to 3 hour sessions for small groups  or can be a whole day for larger groups or specially themed sessions. The journey covers a distance no more than two miles tops and the pace is gentle and slow.

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good.”  Lucia Capocchione

I also offer one to one sessions Creative Coaching sessions priced on a sliding scale.

To book a session or find out more contact me by email.

 

The scientifically proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:

  • Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved mood
  • Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
  • Increased energy level
  • Improved sleep

I am currently in training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. This training has brought together everything I had been offering and given my practice a stronger frame work and refined my skills. Both my Wanders and Journeys incorporate the standard sequence taught by the ANFT. They also support the 5 ways to mental wellbeing advocated by our NHS.

Give something back

Relate to other people

Exercise your body

Appreciate your world

Try something new

Nature and forest Therapy has an evidence-based framework, established by the ANFT Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, for supporting wellness and health through guided immersive walks in forests and other natural environments. The approach draws on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, as well as nature connection practices and Way of Council.

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We all often feel lost and overwhelmed by life in this busy modern world and it is easy to at these times to reach for something to fill the void, null the pain, be it food, Tv, drink, drugs, shopping, sex.. But this time why not try heading outside to your nearest park or wood?
Spending time in Nature brings us back to our real place in the world. It helps us regain a sense of belonging and with it inner joy and peace. Many of us have forgotten how to do this and that's where forest bathing walks come in. Like yoga they connect you back into your whole self. Sharing the experience with others in the group offers us a space to be heard, valued and connect with others. The forest always offers us wisdoms and insight as we walk, sometimes in ways beyond words and at others through our own or others sudden inspiration. Everything is valued and time is taken to really be, so you come away with a rich dose of love, medicine (from the essential oils released by the trees and plants), improved concentration, creative inspiration and peace.
For most of our time here on this planet we have lived in harmony as part of the natural world. We evolved with it. We tended it and it fed us, sheltered us and inspired us. It is only in the last 0.01% of our existance that this has changed to the way we relate to nature today. as a resource to be used, something separate to us and sometimes thought superfluous to our needs. We do not see what we are doing while caught in this matrix of modern technology and commodity. Like nature we are suffering.
Did you know that trees release a chemical that protects them from attack and this same chemical boosts our immune systems and our NK (natural Killer) cells which help us fight attack from cancers and other disease? There is scientific proof that time in woodland or forest helps balance our blood pressure, lower our cortisol levels and helps our parasympathetic system come to the fore giving us a break from the seesaw of anxiety, anger and depression. Best of all is the news that the health benefits of one day spent in the woods can last up to 30 days.
Forest bathing is a practice that can be learnt and then shared and like other practices, such as yoga, tai chi, pilates there is something freeing in being held in a class or group so you can dive deeper, give it your full attention, learn from eachother and feel a communion of spirit.

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Posted on September 16, 2018
Why would I try Forest therapy/ forest bathing?

We all often feel lost and overwhelmed by life in this busy modern world and it is easy to at these times to reach for something to fill the void, null the pain, be it food, Tv, drink, drugs, shopping, sex.. But this time why not try heading outside to your nearest park or wood?

Spending time in Nature brings us back to our real place in the world. It helps us regain our sense of belonging. Many of us have forgotten how to do this – how to be in Nature – and that’s where forest bathing walks come in. Like yoga they connect you back into your whole self as a part of nature. Sharing the experience with others in the group offers us a space to be heard, valued and connect with each other. The forest always offers us wisdoms and insight as we walk, sometimes in ways beyond words and at others through our own or other people’s sudden inspiration. Everything is valued, and time is taken to really be, so you come away with a rich dose of love, medicine (from the essential oils released by the trees and plants), improved concentration, creative inspiration and peace.

For most of our time here on this planet we have lived in harmony as part of the natural world. We evolved as part of it. We tended it and it fed us, sheltered us and inspired us. It is only in the last 0.09% of our existence that this has changed to the way we relate to nature today, something separate and often superfluous to our needs. We do not see what we are doing while caught in this matrix of modern technology and commodity. Like nature we are suffering. Did you know that trees release chemicals (phytoncides) that protect them from attack and these same chemicals boost our immune systems and our NK (natural Killer) cells which help us fight attack from cancers and other disease?

There is scientific proof that time in woodland or forest helps balance our blood pressure, lower our cortisol and helps our parasympathetic system come to the fore giving us a break from the seesaw of anxiety, anger and depression. The health benefits of one day in the woods last up to 30 days.

Forest bathing is a practice that can be learnt and then shared with friends and loved ones. Like other practices, such as yoga, tai chi, Pilates there is something freeing in being held in a class or group. You can dive deeper, give it your full attention, learn from each other and feel a communion of spirit.

Speaking of spirit. Forest bathing originated in Japan and it is believed to draw on their culture of reverence for the more than human world. Their temples of Shintoism are groves of ancient trees, special places of natural power much like our own sacred places in Nature honoured by our Celtic ancestors.

The trees are still here, waiting to see us and be seen and valued. So are all the beings of the natural world. We are all made up of the same molecules as rock, water, plants and trees. These molecules are not static, they constantly interchange as we breathe, drink and eliminate waste. We cannot be separate, we are part of all this.
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