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 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. Since the 1980’s the Japanese have been conducting studies into the health benefits of spending time in the Forest.

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

Over the last six years I have been deepening my practice in Nature.  Inspired and guided by Ian Siddons Heginworth’s Fabulous book “Environmental art therapy and the tree of life”. Through an incredible journey over a year and a half connecting with the spirit of our indigenous trees with Selkie Shell of WytchWyse, followed by a year attending her first “Path of the Wyse” course ( a training in the Craft of a west country witch). To the present day, in training as a Nature and forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guides.

My Creative journeys in nature with you offer an actively held safe space in which to connect with the more than human world and your own being.   Providing invitations to stir your imagination, receive the wisdom of the forest and find creative expression through the mediums of ephemeral art, creative writing and authentic ritual in a reverently playful and spontaneous state of being.

“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

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

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.

For details of upcoming guided walks. click here

Prices for a one to one of 2 hrs journey. £45 (concessions by request)
Small groups (up to 6 adults), prices are tailored to suit the length and focus of the workshop. starting at £60 for a group of 4 for a 3 hour journey.

 

Testimonials

“I have enjoyed having environmental art sessions with Emma Capper for over a year now. Emma s very skilled at supporting me to explore feelings and personal experiences through using natural materials found in the woods, talking, storytelling and through simple ritual activities. I have always felt very safe and supported by Emma. She is a very genuine and caring person. I love the sense of space, wonder and freedom that I feel in my sessions with Emma. She brings a brilliant sense of spontaneity and ease to her work. I highly recommend working with Emma to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of themselves and their connection with nature.”  Jess Howarth

“As a carer, Emma Capper’s Creative Journey’s provide an essential break from my often stressful and intense caring role and really help maintain my well-being. The journeys provide wonderful creative time out in nature, to connect with the seasonal energies and have time just for me, with a wonderful group. I greatly look forward to them and I also really appreciate Emma’s support to help me access them at a time which fits in with caring responsibilities. The Creative Journeys also have a long term benefit from connecting with the flowing natural cycle of nature’s year and inspiring my creativity and ongoing awareness of my well-being. There are many other people who I am sure would also gain great benefit and enjoyment from Emma’s Creative Journeys and her natural creativity and nurturing spirit, so I very much hope she is successful in growing her wonderful Venture.”   Sarah Thomas
(I am a Mother, carer for my two autistic/disabled sons and my visually impaired elderly mother with memory problems).

“Emma’s approach to developing personal responses to and with the natural world are immersive, gentle but guided. I found her work with a group was intuitive and responsive – allowing people to progress at their own pace. During our short session together with a group Emma was able to help everyone achieve – even those who professed to being ‘not creative’. Personal responses to nature were shared in an open, supportive learning environment; participants were visibly pleased with their work and the reactions from the rest of the group.”      Orlando Rutter, Senior Learning & Outreach Officer. Dartmoor National Park Authority.

“I really enjoyed the chance to take things slowly, thoroughly soak in the nature around us, and the sweetness of the element of play. I go on many walks, but these sessions have encouraged me to enjoy, immerse, listen, and touch the things that are around me. I have found this a valuable practice that I can take into my daily life more often, and a wonderful gift to share with others.”   Amy

 


 

“Nature has many ways of refilling us. When we awake to the glory of a beautiful sunrise she fills us with hope. When we play like children in the waterfall she fills us with joy. When we answer her thunder with our own she fills us with power. When we kneel by the river and surrender an image of our lost one to its currents, she fills us with grief. When we sit with the wisdom that comes from seeing and understanding our journey, watching swans gliding in silence on the dark lake, she fills us with reverence. And when the work is done and we stand alone on the hillside beneath the stars she fills us with grace.”    Ian Siddons Heginworth

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