‘When we remove ourselves from the busyness, slow down and tune into the natural environment answers emerge.’ Liza Pullman
Forest bathing combines the benefits of embodied practices with mindfulness, and the benefits of psychology and social connection - all in a natural setting. It is very low impact, not strenuous hiking.
With a focus on slowing down and awakening the senses, this restorative wellness practice involves a series of guided invitations to help relax, slow down, become present and connect with nature for health and wellbeing. The experience invites room for listening, healing and reflection, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all the senses, in a non-judgmental setting.
Simply being out in nature provides a healing, grounded and connective experience. The practice of Forest Bathing fosters a deeper more intentional connection with nature and ourselves.
A qualified guide combines all these elements and ensure the experience is safe, supported and inspiring. Each experience lasts 2.5 - 3 hours but we not go more than a kilometre.
If you are overwhelmed by the noise and 'busyness' of modern life, then come along to destress, relax, restore and reconnect.
This practice is also known as shinrin yoku, or forest or nature therapy.
Research shows that there are many important benefits from experiencing nature, whether incidental or intentional, for mental, physical and social health – our general wellbeing. Benefits include: boosting the immune system, improving mood, decreasing blood pressure, inflammation and blood sugar, restoring attention, reducing headaches, reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue, which contribute to improved sleep and much more.
Like yoga and meditation, the benefits of this practice are enhanced and deepened through regular practice.
It was such a profoundly restorative process for me. I literally felt like I'd had a 2.5 hour massage - and I regularly think back to the beautiful experience. I would never have imagined this!
If you’re feeling stressed, tired, worn out from the business of life, I can highly recommend the Nature Wellness Experience
This experience is worth a few hours of your time. It brings your mind to a standstill and opens it to the nature around you. You start noticing things you may not have seen, touched or heard before. You CONNECT to a whole different level.
Alex has a lovely manner for leading these. It's a beautiful, relaxing and calming experience.
I am the first certified 'Forest Therapy Guide' in South Australia, with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. I have also started a collective social enterprise called Nature & Wellbeing Australia with two other guides-in-training in order to offer a more diverse range of locations and activities for nature connection and wellbeing.
I am also studying a Masters Research project in environmental psychology, specialising in nature and wellbeing.
I believe that nature connection is a positive pathway to wellbeing for both people and planet.
What if the weather is too hot/cold/wet?
Walks will be cancelled via email if the temperature is forecast to be 35C or above on the day before the event, or if the weather forecast is too severe in any other way. An email confirmation will be sent the day before to confirm whether or not the event will go ahead.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Unfortunately there is no public transport option to this location. If you choose to drive up Sheoak Road, please add an extra 10 minutes to your estimated travel time as it's steep with many narrow slowing points.
Please note there are no public toilets at this location.
What do I bring to the event?
Weather appropriate clothing and shoes. I recommend closed shoes because the paths are quite gravelly but if you prefer open shoes, feel free.
Sun smart gear and water.
What's the refund policy?
If the walk is cancelled due to either severe weather, or not enough people, all tickets will be fully refunded.
If the walk goes ahead but you miss it, then there is no refund but you can use the ticket as credit for a future walk. Please contact me if you wish to do this.
Gate 13 Sheoak Road
Crafers West, SA 5252
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