Image by Jo Scrimshaw shows bluebell season at the Kosmon.
*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.
Our next public session will likely be spring 2023, but this venue is also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, enquire for details. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-2, but other timings can be arranged.
We will take you on a mindful, sensory journey through the beautiful woodland at the Kosmon Sanctuary, deep in the Surrey Hills. 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.
This session will be calming and relaxing and forest bathing has scientifically proven beneficial therapeutic effects. You can learn more about the practice on our forest bathing section of the website.
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 will share many interesting facts, for example, how trees communicate and the role they can play in our strengthening our immune system.
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 Forest Bathing.
Events at the Kosmon Sanctuary, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth (near Epsom); see below for dates/times and booking links. These are 3 hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds.
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.
Whilst we don't run regular public session here, this venue is available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, enquire for details. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-2, but other timings can be arranged.
The Kosmon Church, now called The Kosmon Sanctuary, was initiated in April 1904 by a group of seven men who were inspired by a book called Oahspe, channelled in 1848 by the medium Dr. John Newbrough, and published in 1881.
The gardens, merging seamlessly with the woodland, includes many beautiful specimen trees, with stately silver birches (which rarely reach such maturity) as well as an old orchard which has been extended to contain a wide range of fruit trees. There are two labyrinths for quiet reflection.
More about the Kosmon Sanctuary at their website.