Forest Bathing, also known as ‘Shinrin-yoku’, is a great way of improving your well-being through slowing down, relaxing and connecting with nature. This form of nature therapy was developed in Japan as a result of research that showed that two hours of mindful exploration in a forest setting could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and improve memory and concentration. Each two hour guided Forest Bathing journey will follow the optimal flow sequence which will include connecting with the woodland environment through your senses and walking slowly and mindfully. You will be offered invitations to experience the woodland in different ways; sometimes alone and sometimes with others. We will finish with a tea ceremony. The focus will be on slowing down, taking notice, enjoying calm and relaxation. Lughnasadh is a late summer festival, occuring halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. It is like the mid-afternoon of a day, a quiet time to p...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience of working with children, schools and families as a primary school teacher, headteacher, educational consultant, Forest School leader and trainer. She is a qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner with over 10 years' experience of leading Forest School sessions with children aged 2-11 years. Charlotte is a Forest School Association (FSA) endorsed trainer and trainer assessor. She provides guidance with setting up and running Forest School as well as practical delivery of sessions and support with bid-writing and site design. Charlotte is a British Nordic Walking instructor and runs regular ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ programmes at Charlotte’s Wood. She has a diploma in 'Shinrin Yoku' and provides guided Forest Bathing sessions at the woodland.
Important information for the session
* The session will take place at Charlotte’s Wood in Wilby. The address is Sundial Cottage, London City Road, Wilby, IP21 5LT. There is limited parking at the venue so if possible, please park at Wilby Coronation Hall, on London City Road (IP21 5LE) and then walk 400m up London City Road (away from the village). We are on the left, just past ‘The Shingles’. There is a pair of mirrors opposite the entrance. * The session will start at 12pm. I will meet you at the entrance to the woods. * On the day, please ensure that you are appropriately clothed for the session which will take place entirely outdoors (regardless of the weather!) Please remember lots of warm layers even if it is a mild day. We will be moving very slowly so it is difficult to keep warm so you might want to bring a blanket or shawl to snuggle into and waterproofs if it’s a wet day – Forest Bathing in the rain can be an enjoyable experience if you are appropriately dressed! * I will provide a drink and snack for...
About Charlotte's Wood
Charlotte's Wood is a place where people can connect with nature. It is a tranquil, privately owned woodland in the heart of rural East Anglia - large enough to lose yourself in but not large enough to get lost in! The woodland has a path running around the perimeter that makes it accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Next to Charlotte's Wood are two luxury holiday lodges and a cosy log cabin sits on the woodland edge. The cabin is used as a venue for meetings and training and as a meeting point and shelter during woodland activities. It can also be hired as a place to stay. There is a toilet in the cabin at the entrance to the woodland and a compost loo in the woodland that is used during sessions. At the woodland Charlotte facilitates various activities and events for adults and children throughout the year. The overarching aims of these are to provide meaningful nature connection experiences for all in order to promote physical and emotional wellbeing, to bring people to...
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