The Japanese art of Forest Bathing.
This practice breaks down your senses so you can switch off from the stresses of life, connect with nature and nurture your wellbeing.
Proven to boost your immune system, reduce blood pressure and stress levels, improve sleep and a natural antidepressant, amongst many other benefits. The results are so well documented that its now being recommended by health professionals across the world.
First documented 800 years BC, the practice was carried out by Shinto practitioners, the main ancient religion in Japan, who believed everybody and everything, has a connection. They would meditate with the trees and in the forests to achieve a deep relaxed state. Now in Japan there are over 60 national Shinrin Yoku woodland centres and the courses are prescribed by the doctors and hospitals.
Physical and mental health are both boosted after spending time in the forests and through the art of Shinrin Yoku, the healing properties can be over four times more powerful.
Reconnecting with the natural environment and focusing on its amazing smells, sounds, sights, tastes and textures enhance the experience and bring a deeper sense of relaxation. Boosting creativity and your ability to deal with stress and trauma.
Our trained forest guide Tom can take you on a sensory adventure in the woods and explain how and why it works. When you leave you can take these techniques with you so you can expand your practice in everyday life. Using mindfulness and meditation practices to open your senses to the forest. Walks typically around 3-4 hours (2-3 miles) on our farm on Barbadoes Hill, Tintern, in the beautiful Wye Valley. Sessions can be adapted to suit individual or group requirements.
What should I bring?
Dress for the weather, keep warm and dry.
Packed Lunch or snack
Water Bottle and camping cup
Please don’t wear perfumes and leave electrical devices behind.
Contact Tom at Hill Farm on 07340 801476 for more info and bookings firstname.lastname@example.org.