If you feel stressed, depleted, struggle with finding focus or are going through a life transition, forest therapy can be of help.
In Japan, shinrin-yoku, aka forest bathing, is a slow and sensory walk through the forest and has been a preventative medicine since the 1980's. Nature and forest therapy draws on the Japanese practice, as well as nature connection practices and Way of council, among other things.
We will walk at a gentle pace on an easy and short trail in Epping forest. During these 2 hours, you will be offered different experiences which will awaken your senses, help you slow down, be in the present moment and place and reconnect with yourself and your surroundings. There will be also moments to share our experiences together and time spent in silence.
Do not expect a hike or a naturalist session, the destination in forest therapy is "here" not "there".
This session will help you feel restored both mentally and physically. When practiced regularly, forest therapy has been found to stabilize and improve our mood, to boost our immune system, to lower our blood pressure and to increase our cognitive functions.
NB: A scheduled walk can be postponed due to weather condition. In that case, you'll receive a message with alternative dates to choose from. There is a minimum of 3 participants for the walk to take place.
BY PURCHASING A TICKET, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Who is it for?
People from age 18 onwards, unless specified otherwise.
Forest therapy doesn’t require to be particularly fit, so it’s a very inclusive activity.
How big is the group?
The groups are intentionally kept small, with a maximum of 12 people.
What to bring?
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities. Dress in layers to stay warm and dry. I suggest you bring one more warm layer than you think you will need. We will be moving at a leisurely pace, so temperatures may feel cooler than you expect. In case of rain, make sure to wear waterproof clothes. You might also want to bring water with you.
Health and safety
Any outdoor activity entails known and unanticipated risks and although forest therapy is a low-risk activity, you still need to assume the full responsibility of your own well-being and safety.
Please do let me know, prior to the walk, if there is anything I should be aware of regarding your mental or physical health, by writing at email@example.com
Meeting point/Parking / transport options
We will meet at the View, the visitors centre, in Chingford. (right next to the Queen's hunting lodge)
Overground station : Chingford
Many bus lines : 313, 379, 444, 212, 97, 179, 385, 397
Parking : Barn Hoppit car park, just in front of the View.
Tickets are non-exchangeable and only refundable up to 30 days before the walk, unless the walk is cancelled by the organiser.