square insta bluebell at HE 22MayMay is a month when our Pagan heritage breaks through into parochial folklore.

May Day, also known as Beltane, is a Pagan Festival still celebrated in parishes across the country featuring elaborate traditions involving May Poles, floral-dressed girls bedecked with flower garlands, Morris Dancers, Green Man imagery, hobby horses etc.

We usher in the promise of sunshine and summer as we welcome green shoots and abundant blossom everywhere, not least the Mayflower (Hawthorn) associated with the old adage, ne'er cast a clout till May be out (which I always assumed meant the month itself) ...

The month could be named after Maia, a Greek Goddess linked with the land, fertility and growth. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called Thrimilci, the month when cows could be milked three times a day due to constant grazing on abundant new grass.

Mental health awareness week 2022This month we have Mental Health Awarenesss week 9th-15th May, when we will offer two public sessions on Monday 9th, 11-1.30, £35, at Cannon Hill Common (London SW20) and on Sunday 15th we are offering our first full-day themed on nature angels at Harry Edwards, Shere. The morning is an indoor nature angel workshop (£50) and the afternoon is a nature angel themed bluebell forest bathing session in the private grounds (£40), or special all-day price of £77.

For those wanting a mainstream Bluebell Forest Bathing Session (without the Nature Angel theme) at Harry Edwards, we have one, 11-2 on Sunday 22nd May, £35.

Also during Mental Health Awareness Week, we are launching a 6-week Forest Bathing series for the local branch of the mental health charity Mind in Woking, with Katie and myself as the guides. This has been co-ordinated by The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) who have worked tirelessly to introduce Forest bathing as an acceptable evidence-based therapy to the NHS and the charity sector. A similar 6-week series has already started for another charity, guided my one of our colleagues. The launch of these charity programmes is a momentous development.

We can hire our venues at Cannon Hill Common (SW20), Horsell Common (Woking GU21) and Harry Edwards (Surrey Hills near Shere) for forest bathing use for private groups, enquire for details. See below for more about our public events

Surrey/London Forest Bathing Events

Through a selection of simple sensory activities, you will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down to focus on what could easily be missed. We end with a treelaxtion;  a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

Our  sessions take place in all weathers except 25+mph winds or electrical storms. 

? ☕When we have the right clothing and footwear, usually plenty of layers, and a spare, we can happily stay outdoors for hours. Even longer if we take a hot drink and a snack!
 
 
May
 
Monday 9th May, 11am-1.30pm (Mental Health Awareness Week)
A 2½-hour journey through this charming site situated between Wimbledon Chase, Raynes Park & Morden. £35

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.

We will take you on a 2½ hour journey through the beautiful landscaped park, nestled in this little known oasis of calm within Greater London.

£35, book at the Harmony Shop.
 
 
Shaft of Light in the Winter WoodlandJoin us for the day in the Bluebell Room and outdoors to learn how to connect and work with a selection of Nature Angels (09.30am-1pm).
 
We will learn about the angels of the seasons, wind, rain, tame anmals, birds, mountains, rivers. Aratron - Guardian Angel of Nature's Magick & Achaiah - Guardian of the Secrets of Nature, plus the elemental angel guardians for earth, air, water, fire and spirit.
 
Spend 3-hours Forest Bathing with us (1.15-4.15pm)  in the lovely private grounds, connecting with nature and the nature angels using mindful sensory activities, where we will also enjoy a plethora of bluebells as this is the peak of their brief season.

​Discover about nature's WoodWideWeb and learn how to connect with it via Zuphlas (the Angel of Trees) on a daily basis. 

An educational, esoteric, interactive and fun workshop for angel and nature lovers.

£77, book at harmonyinnature.co.uk 
Morning only, £50; afternoon only, £40

Sunday 22nd May, 11am - 2pm, Bluebell Session
We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, where we will encounter thousands of bluebells.

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in this charming private woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment.

£35, book at the Harmony Shop
 
June
 
Saturday 25th June, 11am - 2pm, Summer Session
We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.

Spend 3 hours in this charming private woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment.

£35, book at the Harmony Shop
 
Advance Notice on our subsequent events for your diary:
 
Sun Moon Festival logoWe will be attending the Sun & Moon Festival, 26th July - 2nd August at Merrist Wood, Guildford. During the Festival, Katie will be offering three 90-minute Forest Bathing+ taster sessions and Joanna will be offering three separate 90-minute workshops on connecting with the nature angels; harnessing the power of the moon and a New Moon chakra balancing meditation. More at the Sun & Moon Festival Website.
 
Connecting with the Moon Cycle & Full Moon Forest Bathing
Sunday 9th October, Full Moon, 09.30am - 4.15pm
Connect with the Lunar Cycle Morning Workshop (£50), afternoon Full Moon Forest Bathing (£40), All Day Price = £77
Morning WorkshopHarness the Power of the Moon for Health, Wealth & Wellbeing
Human beings have always been fascinated by the moon and its power to influence so much of what happens on our planet.
Afternoon: Forest Bathing Session (1.15- 4.15pm) on this day of the Ivy Hunter Full Moon which peaks at @ 21:54, but we will already be in the energy of it.
Hold your place with a £25 deposit, or pay in full now at harmonyinnature.co.uk 
 
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?  Our Harmony in Nature woodland sessions deliver the restful yet therapeutic benefit of guided mindfulness sensory activities with fellow nature lovers. 
 
? To book our 'harmony in nature' therapeutic sessions see  www.harmonyinnature.uk  (currently hosted on harmonyhealing.co.uk).
 
?  Forest Bathing (no swimming involved!) is an evidence based wellbeing activity. As well as boosting the immune system for 2-4 weeks, balancing blood pressure and reducing blood sugars, typically participants feel a reduction in anxiety (and rumination) and a sharp improvement in concentration afterwards. 
 
?  To find out how it differs from a dog walk or stroll in the woods, see our recent Blog https://bit.ly/WhyForestBathe 
 
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing+ Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits.

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna also runs a monthly Full Moon monthly Unity Consciousness Meditation [next one is Easter Saturday 16th April, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses

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