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August in Britain is school summer holidays. Time for summer camping, sunshine and outdoor festivals and, our Summer Bank Holiday, this year on Monday 29th August, with typically lots of rain.  As someone with a late August birthday I can testify to rain being very common indeed.

The month of August was renamed by Augustus Caesar, after himself. Under Roman rule it was previous called Sextilllia, meaning the 6th month in Latin. When the Gregorian calendar was established by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, January became the opening month of the calendar year. To the Anglo-Saxons, August was called Ƿēodmōnaþ meaning ‘weed (or grass) month’.

WhatsApp Image 2022 08 08 at 8.25.35 PM 1Katie and I started the month at the Sun & Moon Festival (Merrist Wood, Guildford), where we offered a selection of workshops and three Forest Bathing Taster Sessions. We had 39 at one of the Taster sessions!

The Sun & Moon festival itself was absolutely amazing and we'll definitely be back next year; 1st - 8th August, put the dates in your 2023 diary now. 

We have full Surrey Forest Bathing events on Wednesday 17th August at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (near Shere, Surrey) and the Kosmon Sanctuary (Tadworth, near Epsom, Surrey) on Thursday 18th August The Full Moon Guided Healing Meditation is taking place on Thursday 11th, the night before the Sturgeon Supermoon which reaches its peak @ 02:36 (Thursday night/Friday morning).

Last month, Joanna visited the Hampton Court Flower Show Forest Bathing Show Garden, see Katie's article below, and under that, our forthcoming Forest Bathing events.

Recreating a sense of the forest in a small garden – RHS Forest Bathing Garden, Hampton Court Flower Show, Designed by Dave Green, who kindly supplied the graphics.

When the Duchess of Cambridge was involved in creating a forest bathing-inspired garden for the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show, there was a sigh of relief within The Forest Bathing Institute where we trained, and the hard work of previous years, trying to interest the NHS, Universities and the media in forest bathing and get some coverage of its many benefits to human health and wellbeing, started to pay off.

HamptonCourt1 Forest BathingThree years on, and garden designer Dave Green created the ‘RHS forest bathing garden’ for the Hampton Court Flower Show last month. He first experienced forest bathing during studies in Japan in 2016, and clearly understands the concept, describing it in the July 2022 edition of ‘Pro Landscaper’ magazine:

Most of the time, forest bathing is a guided practice, with a practitioner getting you to undertake activities to engage with where you are. A forest is really good with that, because it has different sights, sounds, textures and smells – all of which can help your senses to focus on where you are at the present time.’

HamptonCourt2 Forest BathingTo recreate the protective sense of forest immersion in a small patch of busy showground, he used mounds on either side of the path to shield wanderers from the busy world beyond, planting a mix of ferns, native UK woodland plants and some Japanese ones, as well as some large trees and shrubs to provide a sense of tree canopy. The different textures of landscaping, including plants, wood and stone are all part of the sensory experience.

During a conversation with Joanna, he described creating the winding path to slow down the pace of those walking the route, and seems to have covered many aspects of the woodland experience, although to supply ambient sounds and smells required modern technology! In the light of the fact that his forest bathing garden was minus a practitioner, we have offered our services for the future, so watch this space.

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!
 
Forest Bathing this Summer at Cannon Hill, Harry Edwards or the Kosmon Sanctuary (listed separately below)
 
Cannon Hill Common undatedCannon Hill (SW20)
 
We will take you on a 2½-hour journey through this little known London conservation park area. Cannon Hill is located between the town centres Raynes Park and Morden in the ward of Cannon Hill in the south western corner of Merton. 
 
Thursday 15th September, 11-1.30, £35
Book at the Harmony Shop
 
 
Forest Bathing at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, SurreyHarry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea (near Shere) 
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.

Wednesday 17th August, 11am-2pm, £35
Saturday 17th September, 10-1pm, £35
Book at the Harmony Shop

 
Kosmon Sanctuary, Tadworth 
Kosmon light and shadeWe will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private ancient woodland of the charming Kosmon Sanctuary. 
 
This is a new venue for us.
 
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.
 
Thursday 18th August,  11am-2pm, £35 
Tuesday 13th September,  5-7.30pm, £30
Book at the Harmony Shop
 
Advance Notice on our subsequent events for your diary:
 
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.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 runs a monthly Full Moon monthly Unity Consciousness Meditation [next one is Thursday 11th August, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], a Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme [next one running 25th October - 23rd November £155] and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses

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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

Tuesday 30th April Revision
(1 day - repeaters only) 
7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Full course (when offered):
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)

Thursday 2nd May Revision
(1 day - repeaters only) 
7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Full course (when offered):
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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