What we're about

For anyone who wants to connect more deeply to self and nature. Through a variety of offerings- Forest Bathing sessions, mediations in nature and workshops around the seasons- we'll engage with nature for relaxation, growth and healing.

This is an invitation to give yourself a mini-retreat in nature, to quieten your mind, awaken your senses and nourish your soul- all without leaving the city!

A chance to come together with like-minded and like-hearted people and enjoy the healing and wisdom nature has to share with us.

Forest Bathing– Relax your Mind. Awaken your Senses. Nourish your Soul.
Modelled on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, these relaxing and restorative two-hour sessions combine mindful awareness, meditation and nature-therapy. (more at https://www.natureasnurture.com/forest-bathing )

Meditations in Nature – Pause and find peace in nature
Taking place in parks and community gardens across the city, these one-hour sessions invite a deeper connection to self and nature through gentle meditation practices. (more at https://www.natureasnurture.com/meditation-in-nature )

Seasonal Self – Thrive year-round by aligning with the seasons
Through meditation, ritual and conversations we explore how we are at this point in the year and what we need in order to thrive this season. (more at https://www.natureasnurture.com/seasonal-self-1 )

About – Nature as Nurture founder, Claire de Boursac, is passionate about using the city’s green spaces to support the wellbeing of her fellow Londoners. An experienced psychotherapist, she regularly witnesses the stresses and strains of modern life among her clients and as a highly sensitive person, knows herself how overwhelming the pace and stimulation of the city can be. (read more at https://www.natureasnurture.com/trainers )

Recent testimonials:
'A beautifully connecting experience, in so many ways'

'I felt really nourished…I could physically feel the tension soften from my face by the end of the session'
My body felt amazing as if it was radiating with a calm energy. The next day I was full of inspiration and I felt like an internal blocking disappeared

'I so enjoyed walking through such wild and enchanting woods in the middle of London... Everything slowed down and I reconnected with parts of myself that everyday stresses had pushed away for far too long. A massage for the senses, a massage for the soul...'

'I left feeling grounded, centred and connected to myself. Taking time to be with others in the woods was so refreshing. Having spent so much time in the concrete city with all its demands you have guided us into a nurturing and enriching space in nature'

Upcoming events (5+)

Forest Bathing ~ Queen's Wood (Highgate)

Queen's Woods

£25.00

We'll spend a lovely 2 hrs slowly exploring the enchanting Queen's Wood. During this gentle session you’ll be guided through a series of ‘invitations’- carefully crafted exercises designed to help quieten your mind, heighten all your senses and deepen your connection to the world around you. These may take the form of mindfulness awareness, walking & sitting meditations and nature-therapy exercises. From here, you’ll be invited to bathe in the overall atmosphere of the woods as well as to take a closer look at the finer details of nature around you. Apart from my guidance, most of the session takes place in silence. It’s an individual practice, enhanced by sharing the space with others. There is an opportunity to discuss our experiences towards the end of the session, over a cup of herbal tea. No previous experience necessary. What to wear/ bring Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking off the beaten track. It’s a slow-paced session with periods of stillness so on a cool day warm layers are recommended. In the height of summer the woods are wonderfully shady so may be cooler than you expect. Depending on the weather you may wish to bring sun cream/ waterproofs and a small bottle of water. Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes as they may mask the natural smells of the woods. Location The cabin is situated just behind the Queen’s Wood Café. Facing the café, go through the gate to the right of the building and up the gentle steps. If it’s wet, the decking can be very slippery so do take care. Queen’s Wood Café is in Google Maps if you’d like some technology to help you find your way. Also see map attached. Travel Bus: 43 and 134 ‘Highgate Wood’ stop (5mins) . 263 stops at Highgate underground station (8 mins). Underground: Highgate (Northern Line) (8 mins). Car: There is free on-street parking in Connaught Gardens. You can then walk through the woods to the cabin (10mins). There are several paths in the woods and it can be confusing. Facilities The cabin will be locked while we are outside so you may leave your belongings there during the session. There is a sawdust toilet next to the cabin and regular toilet facilities at the café which are available for cabin users. Weather/ cancellations Sessions will take place in all weather, unless it’s unsafe. Getting to know the woods in different weather and seasons deepens the experience. Should it be deemed unsafe (very heavy rain, high winds or storms) and the session is cancelled, you will be notified the evening before via the email address you booked with. If the session is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If you can no longer make a session, please let me know via email. 72 hours notice is required for a full refund. Safety and Responsibility As with any natural environment, there may be uneven ground and natural hazards such as tree roots and low-hanging branches. In booking on this event, you agree to take responsibility for your own safety during the session.

Forest Bathing ~ Queen's Wood (Highgate)

Queen's Woods

£25.00

We'll spend a lovely 2 hrs slowly exploring the enchanting Queen's Wood. During this gentle session you’ll be guided through a series of ‘invitations’- carefully crafted exercises designed to help quieten your mind, heighten all your senses and deepen your connection to the world around you. These may take the form of mindfulness awareness, walking & sitting meditations and nature-therapy exercises. From here, you’ll be invited to bathe in the overall atmosphere of the woods as well as to take a closer look at the finer details of nature around you. Apart from my guidance, most of the session takes place in silence. It’s an individual practice, enhanced by sharing the space with others. There is an opportunity to discuss our experiences towards the end of the session, over a cup of herbal tea. No previous experience necessary. What to wear/ bring Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking off the beaten track. It’s a slow-paced session with periods of stillness so on a cool day warm layers are recommended. In the height of summer the woods are wonderfully shady so may be cooler than you expect. Depending on the weather you may wish to bring sun cream/ waterproofs and a small bottle of water. Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes as they may mask the natural smells of the woods. Location The cabin is situated just behind the Queen’s Wood Café. Facing the café, go through the gate to the right of the building and up the gentle steps. If it’s wet, the decking can be very slippery so do take care. Queen’s Wood Café is in Google Maps if you’d like some technology to help you find your way. Also see map attached. Travel Bus: 43 and 134 ‘Highgate Wood’ stop (5mins) . 263 stops at Highgate underground station (8 mins). Underground: Highgate (Northern Line) (8 mins). Car: There is free on-street parking in Connaught Gardens. You can then walk through the woods to the cabin (10mins). There are several paths in the woods and it can be confusing. Facilities The cabin will be locked while we are outside so you may leave your belongings there during the session. There is a sawdust toilet next to the cabin and regular toilet facilities at the café which are available for cabin users. Weather/ cancellations Sessions will take place in all weather, unless it’s unsafe. Getting to know the woods in different weather and seasons deepens the experience. Should it be deemed unsafe (very heavy rain, high winds or storms) and the session is cancelled, you will be notified the evening before via the email address you booked with. If the session is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If you can no longer make a session, please let me know via email. 72 hours notice is required for a full refund. Safety and Responsibility As with any natural environment, there may be uneven ground and natural hazards such as tree roots and low-hanging branches. In booking on this event, you agree to take responsibility for your own safety during the session.

Forest Bathing ~ Queen's Wood (Highgate)

Queen's Woods

£25.00

We'll spend a lovely 2 hrs slowly exploring the enchanting Queen's Wood. During this gentle session you’ll be guided through a series of ‘invitations’- carefully crafted exercises designed to help quieten your mind, heighten all your senses and deepen your connection to the world around you. These may take the form of mindfulness awareness, walking & sitting meditations and nature-therapy exercises. From here, you’ll be invited to bathe in the overall atmosphere of the woods as well as to take a closer look at the finer details of nature around you. Apart from my guidance, most of the session takes place in silence. It’s an individual practice, enhanced by sharing the space with others. There is an opportunity to discuss our experiences towards the end of the session, over a cup of herbal tea. No previous experience necessary. What to wear/ bring Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking off the beaten track. It’s a slow-paced session with periods of stillness so on a cool day warm layers are recommended. In the height of summer the woods are wonderfully shady so may be cooler than you expect. Depending on the weather you may wish to bring sun cream/ waterproofs and a small bottle of water. Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes as they may mask the natural smells of the woods. Location The cabin is situated just behind the Queen’s Wood Café. Facing the café, go through the gate to the right of the building and up the gentle steps. If it’s wet, the decking can be very slippery so do take care. Queen’s Wood Café is in Google Maps if you’d like some technology to help you find your way. Also see map attached. Travel Bus: 43 and 134 ‘Highgate Wood’ stop (5mins) . 263 stops at Highgate underground station (8 mins). Underground: Highgate (Northern Line) (8 mins). Car: There is free on-street parking in Connaught Gardens. You can then walk through the woods to the cabin (10mins). There are several paths in the woods and it can be confusing. Facilities The cabin will be locked while we are outside so you may leave your belongings there during the session. There is a sawdust toilet next to the cabin and regular toilet facilities at the café which are available for cabin users. Weather/ cancellations Sessions will take place in all weather, unless it’s unsafe. Getting to know the woods in different weather and seasons deepens the experience. Should it be deemed unsafe (very heavy rain, high winds or storms) and the session is cancelled, you will be notified the evening before via the email address you booked with. If the session is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If you can no longer make a session, please let me know via email. 72 hours notice is required for a full refund. Safety and Responsibility As with any natural environment, there may be uneven ground and natural hazards such as tree roots and low-hanging branches. In booking on this event, you agree to take responsibility for your own safety during the session.

Forest Bathing ~ Queen's Wood (Highgate)

Queen's Woods

£25.00

We'll spend a lovely 2 hrs slowly exploring the enchanting Queen's Wood. During this gentle session you’ll be guided through a series of ‘invitations’- carefully crafted exercises designed to help quieten your mind, heighten all your senses and deepen your connection to the world around you. These may take the form of mindfulness awareness, walking & sitting meditations and nature-therapy exercises. From here, you’ll be invited to bathe in the overall atmosphere of the woods as well as to take a closer look at the finer details of nature around you. Apart from my guidance, most of the session takes place in silence. It’s an individual practice, enhanced by sharing the space with others. There is an opportunity to discuss our experiences towards the end of the session, over a cup of herbal tea. No previous experience necessary. What to wear/ bring Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking off the beaten track. It’s a slow-paced session with periods of stillness so on a cool day warm layers are recommended. In the height of summer the woods are wonderfully shady so may be cooler than you expect. Depending on the weather you may wish to bring sun cream/ waterproofs and a small bottle of water. Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes as they may mask the natural smells of the woods. Location The cabin is situated just behind the Queen’s Wood Café. Facing the café, go through the gate to the right of the building and up the gentle steps. If it’s wet, the decking can be very slippery so do take care. Queen’s Wood Café is in Google Maps if you’d like some technology to help you find your way. Also see map attached. Travel Bus: 43 and 134 ‘Highgate Wood’ stop (5mins) . 263 stops at Highgate underground station (8 mins). Underground: Highgate (Northern Line) (8 mins). Car: There is free on-street parking in Connaught Gardens. You can then walk through the woods to the cabin (10mins). There are several paths in the woods and it can be confusing. Facilities The cabin will be locked while we are outside so you may leave your belongings there during the session. There is a sawdust toilet next to the cabin and regular toilet facilities at the café which are available for cabin users. Weather/ cancellations Sessions will take place in all weather, unless it’s unsafe. Getting to know the woods in different weather and seasons deepens the experience. Should it be deemed unsafe (very heavy rain, high winds or storms) and the session is cancelled, you will be notified the evening before via the email address you booked with. If the session is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If you can no longer make a session, please let me know via email. 72 hours notice is required for a full refund. Safety and Responsibility As with any natural environment, there may be uneven ground and natural hazards such as tree roots and low-hanging branches. In booking on this event, you agree to take responsibility for your own safety during the session.

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Forest Bathing ~ Queen's Wood (Highgate)

Queen's Woods

£25.00

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