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Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy: Newlands Corner Guildford
Please note, there is a £1.50 surcharge per ticket for Paypal. The session is £15 if paid by bank transfer. Please contact us for our bank details. Newlands Corner near Guildford provides us with a great example of Ancient Woodland. Emerging science is highlighting the importance of such environments for human health. Instead of thinking of our event as a walk in the woods, we would describe it as a relaxing sensory journey designed to calm the body and mind. We won't walk a huge distance, there will be plenty of time to sit, relax and soak in the atmosphere of this very special place. The main area we use is an ancient Yew Tree grove with a beautiful serene atmosphere. Most people feel a tranquil feeling and feel the need to return after our events. If you have ever wondered about the healing effects of Nature, we will share various techniques that help us, we will also reveal the latest science on how natural settings positively impact the physiology of the body. You will return home with a few techniques to use when you need them. We plan to replicate the science that has already been conducted in Japan demonstrating the therapeutic effects of nature. We have teamed up with US and UK-based universities and will begin field trials later in 2018. Three hours might sound like a long time, but once you enter the Yew Tree Grove, we feel sure you will find the time passes very quickly, the overwhelming feedback so far is the time passed too quickly and people wanted to spend even longer relaxing. 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." Simon Brown (Psychological Therapist) "The forest bathing was fantastic. Slept really well that night and will be trying to do this on a monthly basis eg 2-3hrs." 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 We created a lot of online content for Surrey Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild campaign. You can find various short videos on Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy here There are on-site toilets and a coffee shop with food. 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." Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in nature include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. You can read more about the benefits of Nature Therapy on our website. ABOUT GARY AND OLGA: Husband and wife team Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina are arguably the leaders of the UK Forest Bathing movement and directors of Holistic Healing Therapy. Gary and Olga have previously run trials for various universities, household name 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. WHAT TO EXPECT: We will start with an introduction: who we are, what we do, and give simple tips for the session ahead. We will take a walk around the site and then gather to start some simple relaxation exercises, these will involve breathing exercises, aimed at calming your breath and bringing mindfulness to your senses. Throughout the 3 hour walk, you will be supervised by Gary and Olga, who will do their best to give you as much attention as possible, and take the best care of you. After some of the exercises, we will join as a group to briefly discuss our experiences, which will help us learn from each other and, maybe, notice something new about ourselves. GETTING THERE: LOCATION: There is a large car park onsite, you will need to purchase a ticket. We will meet at noon at the far end away from the road. You will see us holding a sign "Nature Therapy." PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest train station is 3.5 miles away in Guildford. 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: £15 for 3 hours - you can pay by Paypal (with £1.50 surcharge per ticket), or by bank transfer, please contact us for more information. Concessions (students, pensioners, benefit recipients): Flexible cost. PLEASE, CONTACT US FOR PAYMENT DETAILS. We will ask for evidence of concession eligibility. HOW TO BOOK A PLACE: To guarantee your place, we ask you to RSVP YES on Meetup and pay via Paypal or bank transfer which is cheaper. Please contact us for our bank details. Please, let us know you are coming by contacting us before the event. CONTACT US: If you have any questions, please, contact us by Meetup message or by filling in the Contact Form on the Contact us page on our website: If you would like to speak directly with us, you can find our phone number on our website. REFUND POLICY: Please, be aware that WE ONLY REFUND THE TICKET PRICE NO LATER THAN 72 HOURS (3 DAYS) BEFORE THE SCHEDULED EVENT STARTS. Please, contact us if you need a refund (please, note that any Paypal charges will not be refunded). PLEASE, KINDLY NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ISSUE REFUNDS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE. ADVICE: BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT - WHAT TO BRING: We advise you to drink plenty of water before and after, bring some water with you, and eat enough food before the walk to prepare you for the three hours ahead – if needed, please, bring snacks with you. We also encourage you to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. As Nature Therapy Walks are outside, we advise you to dress appropriately. For rain, bring an umbrella, raincoat, and boots. For hot weather, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We ask you to wear good outdoor boots or shoes with a decent grip. Ideally something waterproof with ankle support. If we do encounter wet weather, there will be certain sections of the site which are slippery. We also advise you to bring layers, including long-sleeved tops, long trousers, and long socks for protection against insects. We advise you to bring any necessary medications; if you are allergic to insect bites you should bring appropriate medicine to cover any eventualities. Please, note that some of our exercises will involve sitting on the ground, so we advise you to bring something waterproof to sit on. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: We kindly ask anyone attending the event to read our 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 Nature Therapy. We ask that 16 and 17 years olds are accompanied by adults (guardians or parents), and we will need a written consent letter from their parent/guardian. 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. For those that sign up, we will forward you our mobile numbers in case you need to make contact on the day. We love these events and look forward to sharing the restorative power of nature with everyone attending. Gary and Olga Holistic Healing Therapy

Newlands Corner

Newlands Corner,Shere Rd, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8SE · Guildford


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

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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."

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."


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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