July is the height of British summertime. Time for the orchids, delphiniums, dahlias, hydrangeas, irises and sunflowers to bloom, and the lingering perfumed scent of lavender, roses, honeysuckle, gardenias and jasmine on the night air. Traditionally, here in the UK, July features the Wimbledon Championship tennis finals and Henley Regatta.
The month of July was renamed to honour Julius Caesar, who was born in this month. Under Roman rule it was previous called Quintilis, meaning the 5th month in Latin. This was before January became the opening month of the calendar year, when the Gregorian calendar was established by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called Æftera Līþa (after midsummer).
Katie and I will be at the Sun & Moon Festival (Merrist Wood, Guildford), where we will be offering a selection of workshops and three Forest Bathing Taster Sessions.
We have Surrey Forest Bathing events on Thursday 7th July at Cannon Hill (London SW20), Sunday 10th at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (near Shere, Surrey) and the Kosmon Sanctuary (Tadworth, near Epsom, Surrey) on Tuesday 12th July. See below for details and booking links. The Full Moon Guided Healing Meditation is taking place on Wednesday 13th, the night of the Thunder Moon (reaches its peak at 19:38).
We have just completed our 6-week course for the charity 'Mind' (in Woking) and we are delighted with the results which are also being studied by Derby University. We can hire our venues at Cannon Hill Common (SW20), Horsell Common (Woking GU21), The Kosmon Sanctuary (Tadworth) and Harry Edwards (Surrey Hills near Shere) for forest bathing use for private groups, enquire for details. See below for more about our forthcoming 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.
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.
Book at the Harmony Shop
Sunday 10th July, 1-4pm, £35
Book at the Harmony Shop
Wednesday 17th August, 11am-2pm, £35
Connect with the Lunar Cycle Morning Workshop (£50), afternoon Full Moon Forest Bathing (£40), All Day Price = £77
Human beings have always been fascinated by the moon and its power to influence so much of what happens on our planet.
Through Harmony Healing, Joanna also runs a monthly Full Moon monthly Unity Consciousness Meditation [next one is Wednesday 13th July, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses
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