What we're about

This is a group for gay people and their friends interested in experiencing Forest Bathing and its healing properties, and also to socialise with like-minded people.

The Japanese therapy Shinrin-yoku, also known as "Forest Bathing", has been proven to provide enormous benefits to the body and mind. Apparently, it reduces the production of the stress hormone, lower the heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system, accelerate the recovery from illness, create a sense of happiness, unlock creativity and in general improves mental health *. The same can be said of Mindfulness and Meditation's practises, focusing the mind and our attention to inner piece, helping decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. Combining Forest Bathing with Mindfulness techniques maximises the benefits, relaxing ourselves completely, giving us a sense of wholeness, happiness and grounding.

* This quote is taken from some newspapers and other internet sources, although bear in mind this group is not a healing group but a way of experiencing mindfulness and forest bathing. The research sample was still rather small but the results are encouraging. Of course, If you have some medical conditions, do follow what your doctor prescribed. Forest Bathing can be an additional help but not a substitute for your medications.

What we will do:

We will meet at a set location at the edge of the amazing Hampstead Heath, we will tune in to the beauty of our surroundings and then we will mindfully walk in the nature, focusing on the sounds, smells and colours around us, immersing ourselves in the here and now. We will follow a less beaten track, discovering hidden gems and places not much visited by people, even in the popular Hampstead Heath. We will do a few meditations through visualisation, either standing or sitting on the ground if it's not wet, at different spots, either at clearings or surrounded by a circle of trees. We will experience nature with a totally different mindset, being part of it and with an open mind. We will experiment with different exercises, trying to establish a connection with trees, with the ground and looking inwards within our deepest Self. At the end, we will go back to the starting point, with the option of a bit of social time, that is a chat and a coffee/drink in one of the local cafes/pubs (optional). You will leave feeling energised, balanced and having experienced London in a totally different way.

Come rain or shine, warm or cold: Forest Bathing is great in any weather or season, its healing properties are extraordinary no matter the (English!) weather. Don't be put off by a bit of rain or a cold day, it's actually so enriching to experience nature in different conditions, it's part of the fun and above all part of nature. Experiencing nature changing during the seasons and at different weather conditions is absolutely thrilling.

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Upcoming events (2)

Forest Bathing in the Heath

Well Walk

£20.00

We will meet at a set location at the edge of the amazing Hampstead Heath, we will tune in to the beauty of our surroundings and then we will mindfully walk in the nature, focusing on the sounds, smells and colours around us, immersing ourselves in the here and now. We will follow a less beaten track, discovering hidden gems and places not much visited by people, even in the popular Hampstead Heath. We will do a few meditations through visualisation, either standing or sitting on the ground if it's not wet, at different spots, either at clearings or surrounded by a circle of trees. We will experience nature with a totally different mindset, being part of it and with an open mind. We will experiment with different exercises, trying to establish a connection with trees, with the ground and looking inwards within our deepest Self. At the end, we will go back to the starting point, with the option of a bit of social time, that is a chat and a coffee/drink in one of the local cafes/pubs (optional). You will leave feeling energised, balanced and having experienced London in a totally different way. Come rain or shine, warm or cold: Forest Bathing is great in any weather or season, its healing properties are extraordinary no matter the (English!) weather. Don't be put off by a bit of rain or a cold day, it's actually so enriching to experience nature in different conditions, it's part of the fun and above all part of nature. Experiencing nature changing during the seasons and at different weather conditions is absolutely thrilling. To get the best results and to maximise its healing properties, it is advisable to regularly do Forest Bathing. With a constant practice, you will start noticing its powerful effects and it will improve your life dramatically. For this reason, after the first session, all the others will be at a discounted rate of £15 each. So from your second time on, you can join us at a discounted rate.

Forest Bathing in the Heath

Well Walk

£20.00

We will meet at a set location at the edge of the amazing Hampstead Heath, we will tune in to the beauty of our surroundings and then we will mindfully walk in the nature, focusing on the sounds, smells and colours around us, immersing ourselves in the here and now. We will follow a less beaten track, discovering hidden gems and places not much visited by people, even in the popular Hampstead Heath. We will do a few meditations through visualisation, either standing or sitting on the ground if it's not wet, at different spots, either at clearings or surrounded by a circle of trees. We will experience nature with a totally different mindset, being part of it and with an open mind. We will experiment with different exercises, trying to establish a connection with trees, with the ground and looking inwards within our deepest Self. At the end, we will go back to the starting point, with the option of a bit of social time, that is a chat and a coffee/drink in one of the local cafes/pubs (optional). You will leave feeling energised, balanced and having experienced London in a totally different way. Come rain or shine, warm or cold: Forest Bathing is great in any weather or season, its healing properties are extraordinary no matter the (English!) weather. Don't be put off by a bit of rain or a cold day, it's actually so enriching to experience nature in different conditions, it's part of the fun and above all part of nature. Experiencing nature changing during the seasons and at different weather conditions is absolutely thrilling. To get the best results and to maximise its healing properties, it is advisable to regularly do Forest Bathing. With a constant practice, you will start noticing its powerful effects and it will improve your life dramatically. For this reason, after the first session, all the others will be at a discounted rate of £15 each. So from your second time on, you can join us at a discounted rate.

Past events (2)

Forest Bathing in the Heath

Well Walk

£20.00

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