Forest Bathing

$45.00 inc GST

Forest bathing, put simply refers to taking in the forest through our senses. This year we are offering both a single forest bathing 2 hour introductory session as well as an overnight retreat to really experience the art of nature. Learn how to find yourself in the company of trees or more succinctly master the practice of creating physical and psychological wellness through immersion in the natural environment.

In Germany, where it originated, it is known as “Waldtherapie”, in Japan it is called “Shinrin-yoku” (森林浴) or “Shinrin-ryōhō (森林療法)”, in Korea it is referred to as “Sanlimyok (산림욕)” and in China and Taiwan people call it “Sēnlín liáofǎ (森林療法)”. Here in Australia the practice is known as forest bathing, shinrin yoku, or forest or nature therapy.

A wide range of scientific studies show that time spent in nature positively alters the biomarkers of stress and wellbeing. Our heart rates slow, blood pressure decreases, cortisol levels in the blood decline, sympathetic nervous system activity decreases and parasympathetic nervous system increase. In addition, the chemical compounds – phytoncides, released by trees positively impact our immune systems protecting us from illness and disease.

We are delighted to welcome our collaborator Christie Little back to the Highlands to run our forest therapy workshops. She was the first internationally certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in NSW and is also certified and experienced in mindfulness, biofeedback, positive neuroplasticity training, nutrition and permaculture.

And to really understand this practise a guide is essential. First, guides ensure that participants slow down. A hike in the woods is good for health but in a different way, the biomarkers of stress go up rather than down. A typical forest therapy walk may take 2 hours but covers less than 1km of trail.

Second, your guide ensures that you connect to the present moment through a range of sensory awareness activities.  The senses are the gateway to joy and pleasure and too many of us have forgotten how to enjoy our lives.

Thirdly, drawing on the ancient practice of mindfulness and meditation, guides create the space for participants to pause deeply. The busier we are the more deeply we need to pause.

Working in partnership with nature a well-trained guide invites you to connect with the environment in a way that you would never have thought to do on your own. You might discover the answer to a long unanswered question, you might rediscover your purpose or meaning or you may just emerge revitalised for the week ahead.  Book in now for one of the limited spaces.

Sun 6 Oct 2019
10am – 12 Open Session Robertson | Mittagong Location $45 pp

Sun 6 Oct 2019 Forest Bathing Overnight Retreat
Check in at 3pm to our Glamping site for your overnight package which includes 2 x 90 minute sessions, dinner, our twin share luxury bell tent accommodation, breakfast and a 2 hour session on Monday before check out at noon. Total Package $650 pp twin share To Book Glamping Package click here

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Sun 6 Oct 2 Hour Session 10 – Noon