What we're about

Our group is for anyone interested in the healing power of nature, meditation, mindfulness, nature walks, holistic health, spirituality, well-being, and reconnecting with nature. Forest Bathing has been scientifically shown to benefit overall wellness, reduce stress levels, strengthen immune system response, and can help stabilize cortisol levels. You can read more about the benefits of Nature Therapy and Forest Bathing on our website www.holistichealingtherapy.co.uk.

We also run another Meetup group which holds outdoor Yoga and Gong Bath events across Surrey. Please join us here The-Alchemy-of-Sound-South-West-London-and-Surrey/ (https://www.meetup.com/The-Alchemy-of-Sound-South-West-London-and-Surrey/)

Nature Therapy, as defined and practiced by Holistic Healing Therapy, is a type of relaxation involving spending time in nature to promote health and well-being. We combine different practices including mindfulness, grounding, and natural aromatherapy; using short exercises we also encourage the development and use of various senses. We aim to give you an opportunity to stop and look at life from a larger perspective. We have been inspired by forest bathing, currently widely practiced for its therapeutic properties in Japan and the USA.

In Japan, a forest bathing trip is called Shinrin-yoku.

"A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in (wood essential oils). Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_bathing

Holistic Healing Therapy are very fortunate to be working in co-operation with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

"Surrey Wildlife Trust currently manages 82 sites, together covering almost 8,000ha, which is 5% of the land area of the county. We also work with many partners and other landowners to advise on land management for conservation, with particular emphasis on woodland, wetlands, and heathland." http://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/

ABOUT GARY AND OLGA:

Gary and Olga have traveled extensively visiting ancient sites, areas of natural beauty and ancient forests from their studies of indigenous wisdom they have come to understand that something vital has been missed from modern educational systems. Where was our education on emotional health and well-being? How should we handle stress when life takes an unexpected turn? Most of us have no idea what to do. To find useful and helpful tools, we have to look to other cultures and times long past.

Upcoming events (5+)

Introduction to Forest Bathing+

Newlands Corner

£16.50

Single Ticket paid direct in advance: £15 for 2 hours. Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health. ABOUT FOREST BATHING+. This session is a gentle introduction to Forest Bathing+ and its benefits. Forest Bathing is an elementary practice (children instinctively enjoy nature this way) which can elicit surprisingly positive reactions. In a nutshell, it can be described as mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged; Japanese research uncovered essential wood oils help boost our immune system. Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. On screen, it doesn't sound that exciting, in practice participants love it! If you have ever wondered about the healing benefits of nature, this session should join some dots for you. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews below. https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all In 2017 staff members from NHS Lexden Hospital Health in Mind joined Gary & Olga's. Sample reviews below. Liz Harrington (Deputy Clinical Lead) "Their knowledge about the forest and the trees was amazing and a bonus, a walk and science lesson in one session. I felt really uplifted and reflected on this on the drive home, I truly could not believe the impact it had on me. If I had not been and experienced it for myself I would not have believed how transforming it was. Thank you." Kate Goodge (Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) "I realised how out of touch we are with nature from the walk and I want to be able to carry on experiencing a part of myself which is just present when I am going out for walks in nature." Previous trials include: The NHS, universities, academic institutions & charities, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust. You can find their Forest Bathing guides on the Forestry Commission website. Their trials have led to University studies. They are also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC. In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies. FINDING US: Newlands Corner, Drove Rd, Albury, Guildford GU4 8SE We will be at the end of the car park (furthest from the entrance) holding a sign "Nature Therapy". Delayed or need to contact us? please email or message via Meetup. There are on-site toilets and a pay and display car park that does not accept cash. TRAIN: The nearest train station is Gomshall which is 1.7 miles away. PRICE: Single Ticket paid directly in advance: £15 for 2 hours. On the day: £17 Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please read our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By clicking “RSVP” and paying, as well as participating, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS. Minors: Please, our events are aimed at adults 18+. See our kids sessions. Medical conditions/medications/pregnancy: We advise those who are in the 1st trimester to abstain from our events. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform him/her about attending. If you currently experience or have a history of serious health issues (including mental health issues, operations, medical procedures, seizures, implants, special needs), please, inform us before. Informing us will help us look after you. CONTACT US: If you have any questions, please, contact us. We are here to help and always happy to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Phone:[masked] Or via our website: http://holistichealingtherapy.co.uk/contact-2/ We hope to see you at our event! Gary and Olga

Introduction to Forest Bathing+

Newlands Corner

£16.50

Single Ticket paid direct in advance: £15 for 2 hours. Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health. ABOUT FOREST BATHING+. This session is a gentle introduction to Forest Bathing+ and its benefits. Forest Bathing is an elementary practice (children instinctively enjoy nature this way) which can elicit surprisingly positive reactions. In a nutshell, it can be described as mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged; Japanese research uncovered essential wood oils help boost our immune system. Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. On screen, it doesn't sound that exciting, in practice participants love it! If you have ever wondered about the healing benefits of nature, this session should join some dots for you. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews below. https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all In 2017 staff members from NHS Lexden Hospital Health in Mind joined Gary & Olga's. Sample reviews below. Liz Harrington (Deputy Clinical Lead) "Their knowledge about the forest and the trees was amazing and a bonus, a walk and science lesson in one session. I felt really uplifted and reflected on this on the drive home, I truly could not believe the impact it had on me. If I had not been and experienced it for myself I would not have believed how transforming it was. Thank you." Kate Goodge (Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) "I realised how out of touch we are with nature from the walk and I want to be able to carry on experiencing a part of myself which is just present when I am going out for walks in nature." Previous trials include: The NHS, universities, academic institutions & charities, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust. You can find their Forest Bathing guides on the Forestry Commission website. Their trials have led to University studies. They are also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC. In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies. FINDING US: Newlands Corner, Drove Rd, Albury, Guildford GU4 8SE We will be at the end of the car park (furthest from the entrance) holding a sign "Nature Therapy". Delayed or need to contact us? please email or message via Meetup. There are on-site toilets and a pay and display car park that does not accept cash. TRAIN: The nearest train station is Gomshall which is 1.7 miles away. PRICE: Single Ticket paid directly in advance: £15 for 2 hours. On the day: £17 Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please read our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By clicking “RSVP” and paying, as well as participating, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS. Minors: Please, our events are aimed at adults 18+. See our kids sessions. Medical conditions/medications/pregnancy: We advise those who are in the 1st trimester to abstain from our events. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform him/her about attending. If you currently experience or have a history of serious health issues (including mental health issues, operations, medical procedures, seizures, implants, special needs), please, inform us before. Informing us will help us look after you. CONTACT US: If you have any questions, please, contact us. We are here to help and always happy to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Phone:[masked] Or via our website: http://holistichealingtherapy.co.uk/contact-2/ We hope to see you at our event! Gary and Olga

Introduction to Forest Bathing+. National Trust - Leith Hill Place

Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health. PRICE: £20 if paid directly. £22 on the day. Organised in cooperation with the National Trust. ABOUT: Leith Hill Place Caroline Wedgwood created the stunning Rhododendron Wood. As the sister of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, Caroline had also inherited a love of botany. Today the Rhododendron Wood is a relaxing haven where you can wander through woodland walks edged with spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas. In May and June the wood is ablaze with colour. ABOUT FOREST BATHING+ This is a gentle introduction to Forest Bathing+ and its benefits. Forest Bathing is an elementary practice (children instinctively enjoy nature this way) which can elicit surprisingly positive reactions. In a nutshell, it can be described as mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged; Japanese research uncovered essential wood oils help boost our immune system. Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. On screen, it doesn't sound that exciting, in practice participants love it! If you have ever wondered about the healing benefits of nature, this session should join some dots for you. Please read our reviews. https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all In 2017 staff from NHS Lexden Hospital Health in Mind joined Gary & Olga. Reviews below. Liz Harrington (Deputy Clinical Lead) "Their knowledge about the forest and the trees was amazing and a bonus, a walk and science lesson in one session. I felt really uplifted and reflected on this on the drive home, I truly could not believe the impact it had on me. If I had not been and experienced it for myself I would not have believed how transforming it was. Thank you." Kate Goodge (Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) "I realised how out of touch we are with nature from the walk and I want to be able to carry on experiencing a part of myself which is just present when I am going out for walks." Previous trials include: The NHS, universities, academic institutions & the RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust & the Forestry Commission. University studies are in the pipeline. They are also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC. In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute. FINDING US: Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Ln, Dorking RH5 6LY, UK Delayed or need to contact us? please email or message via Meetup. There are on-site toilets and a donations based car park. PRICE: Single Ticket paid directly in advance: £20 for 3 hours. On the day: £22 Entrance to Leith Hill Place house not included. Concessions: CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please read our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By clicking “RSVP” and paying, as well as participating, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS. MINORS: Our events are aimed at adults 18+. Please see our kids Forest Bathing sessions. Medical conditions/medications/pregnancy: We advise those who are in the 1st trimeseter to abstain from our events. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform them about attending. If you currently experience or have a history of serious health issues (including mental health issues, operations, medical procedures, seizures, implants, special needs), please, inform us before the event. Informing us will help us look after you. CONTACT US: If you have any questions, please, contact us. We are here to help. [masked] Or via our website: http://holistichealingtherapy.co.uk/contact-2/ Gary & Olga

Forest Bathing+. 3 hour Woodland Therapy

Newlands Corner

£19.50

Single Ticket paid direct in advance: £18 for 3 hours. Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health. ABOUT FOREST BATHING+ This session is our full 3-hour therapeutic experience, the extra hour will facilitate potentially more profound relaxation and time to enjoy the tranquillity of the forest. Forest Bathing is an elementary practice (children instinctively enjoy nature this way) which can elicit surprisingly positive reactions. In a nutshell, it can be described as mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged; Japanese research uncovered essential wood oils help boost our immune system. Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. On screen, it doesn't sound that exciting, in practice participants love it! If you have ever wondered about the healing benefits of nature, this session should join some dots for you. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews below. https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all In 2017 staff members from NHS Lexden Hospital Health in Mind joined Gary & Olga. Sample reviews below. Liz Harrington (Deputy Clinical Lead) "Their knowledge about the forest and the trees was amazing and a bonus, a walk and science lesson in one session. I felt really uplifted and reflected on this on the drive home, I truly could not believe the impact it had on me. If I had not been and experienced it for myself I would not have believed how transforming it was. Thank you." Kate Goodge (Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) "I realised how out of touch we are with nature from the walk and I want to be able to carry on experiencing a part of myself which is just present when I am going out for walks in nature." Previous trials include: The NHS, universities & the, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust & Woodland Trust. You can find their Forest Bathing guides on the Forestry Commission website. Their trials have led to University studies. They are also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC. In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies. FINDING US: Drove Rd, Albury, Guildford GU4 8SE We will be at the end of the car park (furthest from the entrance) holding a sign "Nature Therapy". Delayed or need to contact us? please email or message via Meetup. There are on-site toilets and a pay and display car park that does not accept cash. TRAIN: The nearest station is Gomshall 1.7 miles away. PRICE: Single Ticket paid directly in advance: £18 for 3 hours. On the day: £20 Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please read our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By clicking “RSVP” and paying, as well as participating, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS. Minors: Our events are for adults 18+. See our kids sessions for more. Medical conditions/medications/pregnancy: We advise those who are in the 1st trimester to abstain from our events. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform him/her about attending. If you currently experience or have a history of serious health issues (including mental health issues, operations, medical procedures, seizures, implants, special needs), please, inform us before. Informing us will help us look after you. CONTACT US: If you have any questions, please, contact us. We are here to help and always happy to hear from anyone. Phone:[masked] Or via our website: http://holistichealingtherapy.co.uk/contact-2/ We hope to see you at our event! Gary and Olga

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Introduction to Forest Bathing+

Newlands Corner

£16.50

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