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.