What is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing (no swimming involved!) is a chance to 'bathe' or immerse ourselves in the natural environment. It is an opportunity to awaken and engage our 5 senses - listening, touching, smelling, tasting and seeing as we allow ourselves to just ‘be’ in nature. The experience involves guided ‘invitations’ to help us notice the nature, calm our busy minds, perhaps be playful and have some fun.
In the last couple of years, many Forest Bathing Guides around the world have developed the practice of virtual (online video) forest bathing. The Forest Bathing Guide is in nature and uses a phone to film the experience and interact with participants via a video meeting on zoom.
It might seem strange to attempt nature connection in this way - but it is surprisingly powerful.
This event will be held on-line from this page. You can join from anywhere in the world, from indoors or perhaps sitting in your own nature.
Please bring a leaf, stone or object from nature to have with you if possible. The experience will be enhanced if you can sit outside, or near an open window.
Virtual forest bathing is accessible to anyone with an internet connected device - smart phone, computer, tablet. As an occupational therapist I am particularly grateful that people with all level of ability and social opportunity are more able to experience a form of nature connection in this way. If you have a loved one in hospital, palliative care, or isolated in their hone I would love you to share this with them.
During this experience you will see and hear birds, trees, amazing spring orchids and towering trees. If the phone reception is good we may be able to visit the river.
(There’s a link to a 2 min taster video from National Parks & Wildlife at the end of this info)
Who is this for?
If you feel stressed, overwhelmed, ‘wound up’, busy. If the people who love you say – ‘you need to slow down’. If you are concerned about your physical or mental health but struggle to prioritise your own wellbeing when you have so much to do. If you’ve tried other wellbeing practices that just don’t suit you (maybe you just can’t ‘get’ meditation). If you love nature and tend to rush through while being really active – hiking, running, cycling. But most of all if you are curious about experiencing nature in this way?
Who runs this?
Flourish, nature based OT is Bronwyn Paynter. I am an occupational therapist with almost 30 years experience, and a passion for supporting wellbeing. I am a certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Forest & Nature Therapy Guides and Programs, and a permaculture designer. Nature connection started with gardening, camping (as a girl guide) and family holidays in nature. For the last few years I’ve been coaching occupational therapists internationally in ways to work more closely with nature because there is so much evidence about how nature is the optimal environment for people to flourish.