Just loving my training course with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, here at Dartington Hall. So lucky to have them come to my very doorstep for their first UK training.
Day 6 tomorrow. In the morning we will lead members of the public on a therapy walk in Dartington Hall Gardens which are bright bursting with blooms of every variety. The hankerchief tree is a particular favourite of many folk.
Tea ceremony marks the end of the journey. Distilling the medicine recieved and giving thanks for the wisdom received from the Forest.
“The Forest is the Therapist, the guide opens the doors”
Ian Blackwell and I had a great day out on Saturday with a top bunch of folk for our gentle walk and picnic by the Dart. Here’s some of the lovely feedback they gave us.
'Would be a wonderful grounding day for working with the clients I work with over 50s with mental health difficulties to choose list and to meet other people and socialise'
'An opportunity to be still and take a slower pace allowing time to immerse in nature sense of peace and to enjoy noticing the beauty of small things and just being in the tranquility of what nature provides naturally joyousness simple depth'
'Enjoyed today in being able to stop and enjoy the immediate nature around me and being the present I feel I've slow down and feel match a great opportunity to meet others love the fire and the foraging - more info on foraging if possible. I just loved the gentle pace of today'
'A real Delight - playful creative and informative. sitting around a campfire with strangers who become really close by the close of the walk and I'm feeling extremely relaxed having enjoyed the company of the other lucky people in such a beautiful natural setting'
'Rushed to meeting feeling tense and a little stressed within 15 minutes into the walk all this started to leave me and a calm feeling ensued everything was wonderful and all the group were great fun. Emma and Ian made this walk very interesting and made a fantastic soup 10 out of 10'
'Thoroughly lovely day educationally interesting regarding Plants and Flowers relaxing and peaceful'
'Fantastic had a lovely day very educational lovely bunch of people and great super many thanks'
'Today was a wonderful change from my daily routine work has been very stressful and working in mental health sometimes it's very upsetting it is hard to leave things at work. On the walk I felt like I could Breathe Again great opportunity for the people that I work with'
'I have learnt that I'm part of a group of time traveller's from the future a place and time we're all humans are honoured and loved for their unique parts of the greater whole one beautiful World thank you with love'
'This was a wonderfully relaxed day a chance to slow down live in the moment appreciate the sounds and smells of the countryside and to become more grounded I definitely feel better for doing something physically outside and forgetting. Getting back to the simple things of life - the invitation exercises we did help ed to calm my thoughts'