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 (3)

3- hour Forest Bathing+ session

Newlands Corner

£32.00

ABOUT FOREST BATHING Forest Bathing, or shinrin yoku, can be described as spending mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged. In Japan, studies have shown that spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. ABOUT TFBI AND FOREST BATHING+ In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies. Forest Bathing+ practiced by TFBI is heavily based on Japanese concept of shinrin yoku, but has a deeper emphasis on the quality of the environment and mindfulness and other elements added to it (including earthing, empathy, and others) to help increase its therapeutic effect. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews here https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all Previous trials include: The NHS, universities & the, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust & Woodland Trust. You can find TFBI 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. 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 "Forest Bathing+". Delayed or need to contact us? please email or call. There are on-site toilets and a pay and display car park that does not accept cash. There is a cafe on the site. TRAIN: Gomshall 1.7 miles away. PRICE: £30 when paid directly by bank transfer. £32 when paid via Paypal or bank transfer. Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please, read TERMS AND CONDITIONS section below before signing up to the event. By signing up to the event and paying, you confirm that you have understood and agreed with TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the event. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Minors: Our events are for adults 18+. See our kids sessions for more. Dogs: sorry, we do not allow dogs to our event. If you have a guide dog, please, contact us. 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. Possible risks: potential risks of doing Forest Bathing+ are associated with the physical risks of walking and breathing exercises, and certain natural hazards (e.g. roots, brunches). You might sometimes find that certain emotions can come up during the exercises which is a normal reaction of our body relaxing and releasing tension. Certain beliefs about yourself and the world can be challenged during the session. Clothing: We ask you to wear appropriate clothing (long trousers and sleeves, multiple layers), appropriate shoes with good grip and ankle support (preferably, waterproof), bring water and sun protection, drinking water, and any food or medications you might need. We ask you to bring extra layers of clothes as body temperature can significantly reduce when we will go into the forest and move slowly during exercises. We recommend you to bring a rug or a foldable chair for a guided mindfulness exercise. CONTACT US: Phone:[masked] We hope to see you at our event! Gary and Olga

Introduction to Forest Bathing+

Newlands Corner

£24.00

ABOUT FOREST BATHING Forest Bathing, or shinrin yoku, can be described as spending mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged. In Japan, studies have shown that spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. ABOUT TFBI AND FOREST BATHING+ In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies. Forest Bathing+ practiced by TFBI is heavily based on Japanese concept of shinrin yoku, but has a deeper emphasis on the quality of the environment and mindfulness and other elements added to it (including earthing, empathy, and others) to help increase its therapeutic effect. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews here https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all Previous trials include: The NHS, universities & the, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust & Woodland Trust. You can find TFBI 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. 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 "Forest Bathing+". Delayed or need to contact us? please email or call. There are on-site toilets and a pay and display car park that does not accept cash. There is a cafe on the site. TRAIN: Gomshall 1.7 miles away. PRICE: £22 when paid directly by bank transfer. £24 when paid via Paypal or bank transfer. Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please, read TERMS AND CONDITIONS section below before signing up to the event. By signing up to the event and paying, you confirm that you have understood and agreed with TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the event. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Minors: Our events are for adults 18+. See our kids sessions for more. Dogs: sorry, we do not allow dogs to our event. If you have a guide dog, please, contact us. 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. Possible risks: potential risks of doing Forest Bathing+ are associated with the physical risks of walking and breathing exercises, and certain natural hazards (e.g. roots, brunches). You might sometimes find that certain emotions can come up during the exercises which is a normal reaction of our body relaxing and releasing tension. Certain beliefs about yourself and the world can be challenged during the session. Clothing: We ask you to wear appropriate clothing (long trousers and sleeves, multiple layers), appropriate shoes with good grip and ankle support (preferably, waterproof), bring water and sun protection, drinking water, and any food or medications you might need. We ask you to bring extra layers of clothes as body temperature can significantly reduce when we will go into the forest and move slowly during exercises. We recommend you to bring a rug or a foldable chair for a guided mindfulness exercise. CONTACT US: Phone:[masked] We hope to see you at our event! Gary and Olga

Introduction to Forest Bathing+

Newlands Corner

£24.00

ABOUT FOREST BATHING Forest Bathing, or shinrin yoku, can be described as spending mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged. In Japan, studies have shown that spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. ABOUT TFBI AND FOREST BATHING+ In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies. Forest Bathing+ practiced by TFBI is heavily based on Japanese concept of shinrin yoku, but has a deeper emphasis on the quality of the environment and mindfulness and other elements added to it (including earthing, empathy, and others) to help increase its therapeutic effect. During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews here https://www.meetup.com/Forest-Bathing-and-Nature-Therapy/about/comments/?op=all Previous trials include: The NHS, universities & the, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust & Woodland Trust. You can find TFBI 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. 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 "Forest Bathing+". Delayed or need to contact us? please email or call. There are on-site toilets and a pay and display car park that does not accept cash. There is a cafe on the site. TRAIN: Gomshall 1.7 miles away. PRICE: £22 when paid directly by bank transfer. £24 when paid via Paypal or bank transfer. Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please, read TERMS AND CONDITIONS section below before signing up to the event. By signing up to the event and paying, you confirm that you have understood and agreed with TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the event. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Minors: Our events are for adults 18+. See our kids sessions for more. Dogs: sorry, we do not allow dogs to our event. If you have a guide dog, please, contact us. 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. Possible risks: potential risks of doing Forest Bathing+ are associated with the physical risks of walking and breathing exercises, and certain natural hazards (e.g. roots, brunches). You might sometimes find that certain emotions can come up during the exercises which is a normal reaction of our body relaxing and releasing tension. Certain beliefs about yourself and the world can be challenged during the session. Clothing: We ask you to wear appropriate clothing (long trousers and sleeves, multiple layers), appropriate shoes with good grip and ankle support (preferably, waterproof), bring water and sun protection, drinking water, and any food or medications you might need. We ask you to bring extra layers of clothes as body temperature can significantly reduce when we will go into the forest and move slowly during exercises. We recommend you to bring a rug or a foldable chair for a guided mindfulness exercise. CONTACT US: Phone:[masked] We hope to see you at our event! Gary and Olga

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3- hour Forest Bathing+ session

Newlands Corner

£32.00

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