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Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, Surrey

Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea, Shere, Surrey.

Image shows 'treelaxation' at Harry Edwards

We will take you on a journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary. Forest Bathing is based on the Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku and involves a slow exploration of nature through your senses. Feel the changes in the air, observe the colours, inhale deeply and savour the smells of the season. 

*Please note, if you are booking less than 48 hours before an event, DO NOT assume there is space available. Text 07930 414525 before booking.
 
Private bookings for closed groups, from £333.
Our familiary with this site makes it our preference for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-2, but other timings can be discussed. 
 

We will take you on a mindful, sensory journey through the beautiful woodland at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, deep in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Forest Bathing+ is based on the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku and involves a slow exploration of nature through your senses. Not only is this calming and relaxing but it also has well documented therapeutic benefits.

Generally, we offer a weekend event per month at this charming and tranquil location. Being very remote, the area is not easily accessible by public transport.

We will take you on a 2.5 or 3-hour journey through the beautiful semi-ancient private woodland belonging to the Harry Edward's Healing sanctuary.

Ancient civilisations frequently venerated nature and gained insight and wisdom from their relationship with the natural world. Despite the fact that society is now more disconnected from the countryside, research supports the physiological benefits of Forest Bathing. Trees emit raw essential oils known as ‘phytoncides’ which have been proven to evoke relaxation and wellbeing. By immersing ourselves in ancient woodlands, we re-connect with nature and reinforce this relationship with the natural world.

The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) has pioneered the addition of enhanced sensory exercises and deep meditations to create Forest Bathing+, which helps promote mindfulness and reconnects your body and soul to nature. Evidence suggests that Forest Bathing + can:

  • lower blood pressure,

  • decrease stress,

  • improve cardiovascular and metabolic health,

  • reduce blood-sugar levels,

  • enhance concentration and memory,

  • lift depression,

  • lead to better pain management,

  • increase energy,

  • boost the immune system by increasing the body’s natural killer (NK) cell count,

  • increases anti-cancer protein production,

  • facilitate weight loss.

50% of the benefit from Forest Bathing is proven to come from the phytoncides emanating from trees when walking in an ambient forest environment. However, mindfulness has a separate evidence base for inducing a 'feel good factor' as well as demonstrating a reduction in stress and an improvement in mental health and wellbeing.

Your guide(s) will be Joanna Bristow-Watkins and/or Katie Robinson, who will share many interesting facts, for example, how trees communicate and the role they can play in strengthening our immune system.

Katie and Joanna have run extensive and well-received sessions at a multitude of locations around the UK including National Trust sites, RSPB, West Horsley Place, Horsell Common, Newlands Corner, Harry Edwards, Kosmon Sanctuary,London parks and Kew Gardens. We've also participated in University of Derby studies including events on behalf of The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) for three mental health and disability charities, including a very successful six-week programme forWoking Mind in 2022.  In 2023, we participated in a TFBI/UCL study of our six-week course for three separate Guildford-based charities.

You will be required to complete and return the registration form in advance, so look out for the welcome email from your guide a few days before the event.  

DOGS: Regrettably we cannot accept dogs on our Forest Bathing+ sessions unless they are trained Guide Dogs.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: We operate in all weathers (we just request that you wear appropriate clothing) except winds exceeding 30mph and/or electrical storms due to safety reasons.

When you have booked your session, your guide will send you forms to complete and return by email before the event, as well as further instructions for the session.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Woodland Therapy events.

Events at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere (near Guildford); see below for dates/times and booking links. These are 3 hour (2.5 hours December - February) Forest Bathing sessions which will take place in all weathers except very high winds. Cost is £39.77 for 3 hours or £37.77 for 2.5 hours.

Saturday 24th February, 11am - 1.30pm, £37.77
Sunday 17th March, 11am - 2pm, £39.77
Saturday 20th April, 11am - 2pm, £39.77

Private Sessions
£333 for up to 10 participants
£377 for up to 12 participants 
£597 for up to 20 participants

Suggested timings below may be flexible, call us with queries

 

Three different special themed events available for interested groups:

Connecting with the Moon Cycle, 09.30am - 4.15pm (suggested timings)
Connect with the Lunar Cycle Morning Workshop, afternoon Full Moon Forest Bathing with Nature Angels
Morning session only: £55*
Afternoon session only: £44*
All day cost £77*
* Per person price subject to a minimum group size
See Themed Full Day Workshops with afternoon Forest Bathing for workshop schedule details.
 
Connecting with the Nature Angels, 09.30am - 4.15pm (suggested timings)
Nature Angels Morning Workshop, afternoon Forest Bathing with Nature Angels
Morning session only: £55*
Afternoon session only: £44*
All day cost £77*
* Per person price subject to a minimum group size
See Themed Full Day Workshops with afternoon Forest Bathing for workshop schedule details.


Tree Connection, 0
9.30am - 4.15pm (suggested timings)
Tree Connection Morning Workshop, afternoon Forest Bathing
Morning session only: £55*
Afternoon session only: £44*
All day cost £77*
* Per person price subject to a minimum group size
See Themed Full Day Workshops with afternoon Forest Bathing for workshop schedule details.

Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

New Moon New Vision - £177
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Starts 29th January 2025
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20
7.30-9.30pm UK timings
Saturday 24th February
No live meditation Monday 25 March*
Tuesday 23rd April (Supermoon)
Thursday 23rd May
Friday 21st June (Solstice Full Moon)

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(online courses are UK timings)
Level 1 including attunement

30th Nov, 6th &19th Dec
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Mindful Chakra Alignment- £66
(online courses are UK timings)

And reconnect with the Earth & Sky

Feb/March 2024
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (GMT/UT)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(online courses are UK timings)

Feb/March 2024
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
(online courses are UK timings)
4½ hour course - £66

Thurs 19th Oct & 9th Nov
4½ hrs, 2 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1

Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing Events
For dates, costs and locations of our
Forest Bathing Events, see
Harmony Shop Forest Bathing


New Meditations Since 2020:

555 Spiritual Expansion Meditation
MP3 555 Numerology written for 2021
Created for 5th, 14th & 21st May

Chakra Balancing & Global Healing
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

Unity Consciousness plus Axiatonal Alignment
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

RSE 2 available as modular units
cost is £330

The following are on hold since lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction

Next 2-day Course: TBA
A modular version is available (£266)
as separate units taught virtually 

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £500
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Next 3-day Course: TBA
Withdrawn during Covid restrictions
But a modular version of RSE 1 is 
available as units taught virtually

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