What we're about

Have you been feeling stressed, disconnected or unwell lately? Would Immersing yourself gently in nature, feeling the sunlight on your skin and filling your lungs with fresh air, while taking in all the sight and smells of your surroundings without any pressure or deadlines feel great?

Welcome to Forest Bathing.

It's often the simple overlooked parts of our lives, the parts we take for granted that can make a huge difference. So too with the timeless, simple and profound practice of Forest Bathing.

The practice of Forest Bathing is about being in nature and connecting to the sentient beingness of the forest. The New Yorker magazine described it thus, ‘The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku—literally translated as “forest bathing”—is based on a simple premise: immerse yourself in the forest, absorb its sights, sounds, and smells, and you will reap numerous psychological and physiological benefits.’

The most common health benefits of Forest Bathing are:

Increasing immunity and natural killer cells activity and quantity
Decreased risk of heart attack- reducing blood pressure and heart rate
Protection against obesity and diabetes – reducing blood sugar levels
More energy and better sleep – decreasing cortisol levels in the body
Mood-boosting effects – increasing endorphins
Decreased inflammation through an increase in CO2 – clearer skin, pain relief

This group is run by me - Hannah McQuilkan - qualified Naturopath, Aromatherapist and Medical Herbalist and Certified Forest Bathing Practitioner.

You can find more information about my work here:
http://www.treemystic.com

And join my awesome FB group here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/treemystics

This group offers regular Forest Bathing Meetups, where you can book through the Airbnb Experiences App link here: ( https://www.airbnb.co.nz/experiences/289343 ) and monthly Forest Bathing Meetups for locals on the last Sunday of the month, prepayment required.

Anyone over 16 is welcome, suitable for most levels of fitness - although you must be able to walk slowly for at least 2 hours.

Look forward to meeting you soon!

Upcoming events (3)

Forest Therapy For Your Soul - Deepen!

Tahuna Torea Reserve

“ The clearest way into The Universe is through a forest wilderness." John Muir A series of three nature connection experiences over three months, in three different gorgeous Auckland locations. Do just one, or all. Awaken, Deepen and Celebrate. And so I invite you to come on a slow, sensual journey where the mind will be put aside for a time and your senses will be engaged to connect with the more than human world in ways that will surprise and delight you. We will start with a sensory activation meditation and then move through a series of simple, yet profound nature based invitations. Everything is optional. We walk, smell, breathe, look, touch, lie, listen and follow our hearts guidance into this familiar yet foreign world of nature. The only way to really get to discover it is to slow down and really take it in, from the inside out. We end with a tea ceremony of found plants and delicious snacks, a time for sharing and reflection. Bring: - Rain gear - Comfortable walking shoes - A water bottle - Insect repellant - Sunscreen One workshop: $40, the whole series: $100. We will meet at Glendowie Sandspit (Tahuna Torea), exact location to be confirmed. Only 12 places, book now to avoid disappointment! Booking link: http://www.treemystic.com/events Facilitated by Hannah McQuilkan, Cert ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, Nature Mystic, Shamanic Healer, Naturopath, Medical Herbalist with 20 years in the wellness industry.

Forest Therapy For Your Soul - Celebrate!

Western Springs Park

“ The clearest way into The Universe is through a forest wilderness." John Muir A series of three nature connection experiences over three months, in three different gorgeous Auckland locations. Do just one, or all. Awaken, Deepen and Celebrate. And so I invite you to come on a slow, sensual journey where the mind will be put aside for a time and your senses will be engaged to connect with the more than human world in ways that will surprise and delight you. We will start with a sensory activation meditation and then move through a series of simple, yet profound nature based invitations. Everything is optional. We walk, smell, breathe, look, touch, lie, listen and follow our hearts guidance into this familiar yet foreign world of nature. The only way to really get to discover it is to slow down and really take it in, from the inside out. We end with a tea ceremony of found plants and delicious snacks, a time for sharing and reflection. Bring: - Rain gear - Comfortable walking shoes - A water bottle - Insect repellant - Sunscreen One workshop: $40, the whole series: $100. We will meet at Western Springs Park, in the zoo car park near the Japanese Gardens. Only 12 places, book now to avoid disappointment! Booking link: http://www.treemystic.com/events Facilitated by Hannah McQuilkan, Cert ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, Nature Mystic, Shamanic Healer, Naturopath, Medical Herbalist with 20 years in the wellness industry.

Discover the Voice of Nature

Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre

Plants and trees have ancient ties to humanity, since the beginning of time they have been sharing their wisdom with us for healing, medicine and friendship. All indigenous cultures around the world both past and present have worshipped and revered these beautiful beings for their life giving properties. This one day workshop, held in the beautiful Kawai Purapura retreat centre, surrounded by native NZ forest will take each participant into a deep and profound connection to these forest beings. We will awaken our ancestral knowledge of working with nature for healing and breathe into our cellular memory to invoke our innate and primal knowledge of the natural world. We will be cover: – Learning about different indigenous cultures beliefs and worship of trees, including ancient European, Native American, Maori and Mayan. – Awakening your senses to the more than human world with Forest Therapy invitations – Shamanic journeys with plants (no substance taking!) – Learn how to talk to plants and trees and to pick up on plant communication – Beautiful tree connection activations and exercises – Ritual, community and celebration Book here: https://treemystic.com/product/voice-of-nature/ Taught by Hannah McQuilkan – Shamanic Healer, Nature Mystic, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist with 20 years experience in the wellness industry. Born with a natural affinity to sense nature’s magic, Hannahs journey has taken her around the world to learn and discover the material for this beautiful workshop.

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Forest Therapy For Your Soul - Awaken!

Auckland Domain

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