A One-Day Mindfulness Retreat
‘Shinrin-yoku’ Forest Bathing
Sunday 17th November 2019
10 am – 3 pm
A day of ‘me time’ inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing – Shinrin-yoku – and mindfulness.
Forest bathing – ‘Shinrin-yoku’, or being in the presence of trees, can boost the immune system, decrease stress and lower blood pressure.
The session will take place in the beautiful inspiring woodland where you will be able to immerse yourself in the peace and rhythms of the natural world.
This is an opportunity to simply ‘be’ in nature and be guided to connect with the natural world through the senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. This in turn will help relax and soothe body and mind.
Dedicate some time to your own wellbeing through guided and self-directed activities.
The day will be very slow-paced with plenty of opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings to find stillness and calm.
You will be amazed how much more you notice and discover the benefits to body and mind.
There will be a range of different activities on offer but none are compulsory to take part in and you can choose depending how you feel at the time. You might just simply want to take time out, sit quietly, in your own company – maybe this is what you need at the time to relax and refresh your mind and body?
Activities might include: mindful woodland walk – nature connection meditations – body scan – nature immersion activities – Landart – sketching – craft work using natural materials – cloud watching – reflection time – foraging – cooking over the campfire .
The aim of the session is to send you home feeling relaxed and at ease with yourself, having developed skills to be fascinated by nature.
If the weather is chilly we have the camp fire to keep us warm and timber-frame shelters in the wood. We also will have available one of the timber-framed buildings with logburner to seek refuge in if need be…
The cost for the day is £40 which includes all materials and resources as well as refreshments and a simple meal.
The session is led by Sabine Soosten, a member of the Woodland Skills Centre team, a Level 3 ‘Mindfulness in a Woodland Setting’ practitioner and experienced Mindfulness guide. This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18.
Places are strictly limited – Small group size – Booking essential
For more information on the benefits of Mindfulness please see https://woodlandskillscentre.uk/mindfulness/