The Art of Forest Bathing
Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) is a wellness practice where we spend time in nature to gain a greater sense of wellbeing. Our trained Forest Bathing guides will support you to experience a very, slow gentle walk where mindfulness activities (invitations) are offered. Our guides have trained with the Forest Therapy Institute and are part of local, National and International Eco Wellness networks.
Forest Bathing walks at Whistlewood are built on the University of Derby’s “Five Pathways to Nature”, a research-based approach which benefits the health of people and improves empathy for our Planet. We offer five walks each Season to help you build strong roots in your Nature connection practice following the pathways of:
Support is offered through our social media communities as you build your practice.
The Science of Forest Therapy
Forest Therapy is offered by Forest Bathing guides who have extended their training to offer further opportunities to “go deeper” with wellbeing in Nature. Forest Therapy invitations offer more time and comfort using creative and gentle approaches such as expressive arts.
We offer individual support sessions and workshops which may support individual physical and mental health needs. Forest therapy sessions can provide greater flexibility for people whose mobility or individual needs may not be met by a Forest Bathing walk. Our accessible toilets and facilities support wheelchair access and we aim to support individual needs.
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Who leads Forest Bathing and Forest Therapies at Wellbeing at Whistlewood?
Anne Bramley is a Forest Therapies Practitioner and Certified Forest Bathing Guide. To find out more about Anne click here.
Andrene Alejandro is a Forest Therapies Practitioner and Certified Forest Bathing Guide. To find out more click here.
Anne and Andrene are trained by and members of Nadur - Centre for Integrative Forest Therapy. To find out more about Nadur please click here .
The Locations for Forest Bathing/Therapies
Forest Bathing and Therapies are regularly available at Whistlewood Common through Retreat Days and separate Forest Bathing Walks.
We also hold Forest Bathing walks at other woodland locations.
An invitation at Melbourne Pool, to throw a pebble into the pool and follow the ripples. Watch the relaxing patterns that emerge.
Research for Nature Connectivity, Forest Bathing and Forest Therapies
Testimonials for Forest Bathing
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"Lovely, relaxing experience, taking in nature through all the senses whilst shutting out the stresses of life for a while. Great experience!"
"I particularly was moved by the forest bathing. ..................the journey made to the Pear Orchard and finding my tree to lean against was tremendously moving and supporting. It is a journey in my memory I will keep returning to when needed."
'WE OFTEN FORGET THAT WE ARE NATURE. NATURE'S NOT SOMETHING SEPARATE FROM US. SO WHEN WE SAY THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR CONNECTON TO NATURE, WE HAVE LOST OUR CONNECTION TO OURSELVES' - ANDY GOLDSWORTHY