This nature connection experience is delivered by an occupational therapist in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). This an opportunity to come and try a version of Forest Bathing inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Yes - Forest Bathing at the beach! #thebeachismyforest
Forest Bathing is not about walking or nature identification, or ‘thinking’. There is no swimming or getting wet required. It is an opportunity to 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 connect with nature, calm our busy minds, perhaps be playful and have some fun and is tailored to the needs of the group. The ocean edge is an amazingly rich sensory environment, where the sky meets the ocean and the ocean meets the land. You will notice the sight of the sea, cliffs and sand, the smell of the ocean, perhaps taste the salty air or water, feel the sand underfoot and perhaps the cool of the water and the warmth of the sun. South Australians are attracted to the coast and Forest Bathing at the beach will provide you with a different way of ‘being’ at the beach.
Nature connection supports the development of sensory awareness, physical skills, emotional regulation and connecting with others in a group - plus many other benefits. Forest Bathing is associated with reduced feelings of stress & anxiety, lowered blood pressure and improved mood, sleep and sense of vitality!
You will probably leave feeling calmer, more relaxed and less stressed. In a world where people of all ages are increasingly disconnected from nature, a deliberate nature-based experience such as this can help us access the wellbeing benefits of nature.
Where will we meet?
Park near the Boat Shed cafe, Heron Way Hallett Cove. Allow 10-15 minutes from when you arrive to walk to the start location - on the beach at the base of the cliffs. Don’t go as far as the boardwalk where it heads up the slope. Turn left and head onto the beach. If you can't find us then please ring Bronwyn on 0412 404 700 (although I won't answer after the session has started).
Is there a toilet?
There is a public toilets located near the Boat Shed Cafe.
Are their age restrictions? Is this suitable for children?
This event is best suited to adults or children over 8 who are able to stand quietly and listen for up to 10minutes.
How physically demanding is Forest Bathing?
This Forest Bathing experience will require the ability to walk 500m from the parking area to the start of the Forest Bathing experience. Forest Bathing involves wandering gently, no climbing and there will be the opportunity to sit on the sand . It is not strenuous but it will involve walking on soft sand.
Are there accessible facilities?
There is accessible car parking and toilets located next to the Boat Shed Cafe. The event will take place about 500m from the car park on the beach at the base of Black Cliff. The trail to the beach is sealed and fully accessible until you reach the path that goes down to the beach. The experience does involve walking on soft sand. If you require more information about mobility requirements please contact Bronwyn at email@example.com or text 0412404700.
Will I be safe?
I have a current wilderness first aid certificate and will be carrying a first aid kit. There is mobile phone reception in the area we will spend time in. Please advise any particular health concerns that may be relevant. Please feel free to text Bronwyn to discuss any concerns on 0412404700.
All current SA Health requirements regarding covid-19 will be required to be followed during the event. This particularly applies to maintaining 1.5m distance from other people not in your household group. Tea will be served in new single use cups. Please bring your own hand sanitiser.
What should I bring into the event?
We will go ahead regardless of the weather so dress appropriately during cold weather and bring waterproof clothing (and an umbrella) in case of rain. Forest Bathing in the rain is a magical experience, especially at the beach! Consider wearing/bringing an extra layer as well as beanie (hat), gloves and scarf if it's cold or windy. We move very slowly during a Forest Bathing session, and spend time sitting still so perhaps add an extra layer to your clothing since we're not physically active. If sunny then suncream and a shady hat are recommended.
Also - a drink bottle of water, and any special snacks you may want. A simple snack (usually fruit) and place specific tea will be served as part of the experience. If you or anyone in your group have any dietary restrictions or allergies please contact the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise prior to the event.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
e-mail email@example.com or text Bronwyn on 0412404700.
What's the cancellation policy?
The event will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather or safety hazards e.g., thunderstorms. If the event is cancelled you will be notified by 8pm the evening prior - by the e-mail you used to register. If you are unable to attend the event please cancel via the Eventbrite process so any people on the waiting list can access tickets.
We really encourage you to prioritise this wellbeing practice for your self-care and make it important for you to attend once you have booked.
NOTE - you will be required to complete a registration/disclaimer form on arrival prior to the event commencing.