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Introduction to Forest Bathing
This session is a gentle introduction to Forest Bathing for those with limited or no experience of mindfulness and meditation. We hope our new 2-hour session will open the benefits of Forest Bathing up to a wider audience. Gary and Olga have previously run trials for universities, wildlife charities, such as the RSPB and Woodland Trust and academic institutions as well as the NHS. These trials have led to a University of Essex study into their work. They are also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC. ABOUT FOREST BATHING: 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 Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in nature include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. We have teamed up with US and UK-based universities and will begin field trials later in 2018. In December 2017 a group of staff members from Lexden Hospital Health in Mind joined one of our Forest Bathing sessions. 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 and appreciating the natural beauty/ecosystem around me." Our Youtube channel You can find various short videos of our Forest Bathing here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDb27FXYvnNPol3Yn0o-PXRdFKvbfn8Uf GETTING THERE: LOCATION: There are on-site toilets and free parking available. PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest train station is Gomshall which is 1.7 miles away. We will do our best to help facilitate pickups from the station if required. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE– please, ensure you RSVP and pay to secure a place. PRICE: Single Ticket: £14 for 2 hours - you can pay by Paypal on Meetup (with £1 surcharge per ticket), or by bank transfer - please contact us for more information. Concessions (students, pensioners, benefit recipients). PLEASE, CONTACT US FOR PAYMENT DETAILS. We will ask for evidence of concession eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please, be aware that by clicking “RSVP YES” and paying for your ticket, as well as coming to the event and paying there, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Minors: Please, be aware our walks are aimed at adults due to the profound nature of Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy. We ask that 16 and 17 years olds are accompanied by adults (guardians or parents). We can not admit anyone younger than 16 years old (sorry!). Medical conditions/prescribed medications/pregnancy: if you are pregnant, please, inform us before the event. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, are pregnant, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform him/her about attending our Nature Therapy sessions, this will allow your GP to give appropriate advice. 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 walk.

Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary

Burrows Lea, Hook Lane Shere, Near Guildford · Shere, Surrey

£14.00

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.

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