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Joanna Bristow Watkins

International day of ForestsSunday 21st March is International Day of Forests, sponsored by the United Nations. The 2021 theme for International Day of Forests is "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being." 

Forests are home to more that 60,000 tree species; comprising about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

In fact, 1.6 billion people are directly dependent on forests for their shelter, food, medicines, income and energy. Alarmingly, we are losing around 10 million hectares of global forest annually (the size of Iceland) and this is said to accounts for 12-20% of greenhouse gas emissions thought to contribute to our climate change.

Whilst some have retained a strong affinity with nature, many have become disconnected. Ancient civilisations venerated the natural world, gaining much wisdom from observing in nature. Contemporary research is now highlighting the physiological benefits of time spent in natural surroundings. Trees emit phytoncides, which we are now refining into essential oils into the atmosphere, which have been proven to encourage relaxation as well as other wellbeing benefits. By engaging with natural forest environments, we can re-connect with nature, renewing our relationship with our natural habitat and appreciating any wildlife within it.

As a qualified Forest Bathing+ guide, I am delighted to see Forests being recognised for their wellbeing benefits and valuable biodiversity and efforts being made to protect dwindling international woodlands. 

Forest Bathing is the traditional translation of the Japanese term ‘Shinrin Yoku’, which refers to immersion under a canopy of trees. Practised for over 30 years to alleviate high levels of stress felt by Japanese executives in busy urban districts; Forest Bathing combines meditation and mindfulness with gentle exercise; all within an ambient forest environment.

Offering a unique chance to reconnect both with nature and with ourselves, there is growing evidence that Forest Bathing can:

  • Reduce stress
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Improve metabolic and cardiovascular health
  • Improve anti-cancer protein production
  • Support weight loss
  • Increase concentration and memory
  • Lower blood-sugar levels
  • Lift depression
  • Alleviate pain thresholds
  • Improve energy levels
  • Boost the immune system by increasing the body’s NK (Natural Killer) cell count

In the UK, the Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) has added sensory mindfulness exercises including a 'treelaxation' and group sharing opportunities all within ancient woodlands, to pioneer an enhanced experience known as Forest Bathing+.

See you soon in Surrey Woodlands?

We are now able to take bookings from April onwards, and I am offering a 3-hour session within the private grounds of the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (close to the picturesque Surrey village of Shere) on Saturday 17th April and a 3-hour session at Newlands Corner (a beautiful AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - in Ancient Woodland near Guildford) on the 22nd April.  Both events cost £38.32 per session and are bookable through Eventbrite.

We are so lucky to have woodland making up around 25% of our landscepe here in Surrey. If you aren't local to us, make an effort to go and connect with your local woodlands and beautyspots and naise awareness for the need to appreciate our natural resources. It takes hundreds of years for woodland to build their ecosystems and create an effective communication network; it's a misnomer that we can make up for cutting down established woods with a few newly planted trees.

If you run a local meet-up or social group and are looking for professsional speajers (virtual or in person when venues re-open), please contact me if you would like a presentation on Forest Bathing.

Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucher for a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

Joanna offers distant intuitive readings  (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops


New Moon New Vision - £155
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Wed 6th Oct - Thur 4th Nov
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20
(UK timings)

Timing = 7.30-9.30pm (UK time)
Monday 20th September
Wednesday 20th October
Thursday 18th November
Saturday 18th December

Held remotely on Zoom

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

Tues 21st & 28th Sept & 5th Oct
6¾ hours split, 7.15pm-9.30pm
previous Zoom recordings available

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

Weds 1st, 8th & 15th December
6¾ hours, split 7.15pm-9.30pm
previous Zoom recordings available

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

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

3 x 
¼ hr instalments = 6¾ hours
previous Zoom recordings available

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

Split 2 x 7.15pm-9.30pm

previous Zoom recordings available

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

For general info on Forest Bathing

New Meditations Since 2020:

555 Spiritual Expansion Meditation
MP3 555 Numerology 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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