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Autumn view squareOctober in Britain features the full splendour of autumn colours with an array of brown, red and golden yellow mixed with the remaining green as trees shed their leaves. Nature is truly remarkable; this process eliminates environmental toxins which have collected, and trees do it to protect themselves. In winter sunshine, water would continue to evaporate from the leaves, and should the ground water freeze, the tree's water supply would no longer be guaranteed. Hence the plant produces phytohormones and directs them to its leaf stalks. These hormones cause a corky layer to form, then the leaves fall off. This cork prevents pathogens such as fungi or bacteria from penetrating. Furthermore, without leaves, should it snow, the tree will not have to bear the additional weight of snow on the leaf surfaces, and wind will pass through with less likelihood of damage.

This month is the ideal time to harvest chestnuts, conkers and apples and on the allotments we have many seasonal vegetables including broccoli, leeks, turnips, potatoes, kale, plus of course squashes such as pumpkin. The month provides plentiful supplies for apple bobbing and pumpkin carving, which became associated with Halloween, celebrated on the 31st. We also have two separate sets of Meteor Showers, the Draconids (peaks 8th/9th) and the Orionids (peaks 20th/21st).

The month of October was named after 'octo' meaning 8th in Latin, as October was the 8th month when the year started in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, October was called Winterfylleth, or the “winter full moon,” because winter was said to begin on the first full moon in October.

Harmony in Nature Forest Bathing Events in Surrey/London

Despite the title, forest ‘bathing’ only involves water if it rains! We will be immersing ourselves in the woodland atmosphere, taking our senses for a meander among trees, and you will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down to focus on what could easily be missed. We end with a ‘treelaxation’, and aim to leave you feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.

Forest Bathing is an evidence-based wellbeing activity. Spending time in woodland has been shown to boost our immune system for 2-4 weeks, balance blood pressure, reduce stress and cortisol levels, blood sugars, anxiety and rumination, as well as improve sleep, memory, concentration and creativity. 

Our first October event is Jo’s talk on Wednesday 5th at the Guildford Institute, where you can join in person or online for £5. Forest Bathing: Finding Harmony In Nature. Bookings via Guildford Institute Website.

We have nature connection forest bathing events on Sunday 9th (Shere), which can be extended to whole day, below, Thursday 20th (London SW20) and Wednesday 26th (Tadworth).

Special All-day Event, Sunday 9th October
Connecting with the Moon Cycle & Full Moon Forest Bathing, 9.30-4.15
Our new two-part event in Shere involves a morning indoor workshop looking at how aligning our lifestyles with the moon cycle can benefit us, followed by a break for lunch, then a three-hour forest bathing nature connection session. Each part can be booked separately, for £50 and £40 respectively, or both for £77.
Find out more and book at the Harmony Shop 

🍏🥕🍵 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!
 
Our Forest Bathing this Autumn (listed separately by venue below):
 
Surrey Hills Wood Fair, Cranleigh, 10th & 11th September

We have to mention this event, as over 7,000 wood enthusiasts came through the gates, and it was a pleasure to meet so many new people attracted to the event through woodlands, activities in woods, or the beauty of wood as a material.  Joining up with Lisa of Hinoki Forest Bathing, the two-day event kept us busy, and we ran some sessions for adults and one family session, which went down well. We’ll definitely be returning next year.

Great Big Green Week, 24th Sept - 2nd Oct

Last year 5,000 sessions took place during the week, making it the UK’s biggest ever nature and climate event.  Events take place outside around the country and online, so you’ll find a wide variety of events to join in with. A flavour of events near us:

  • a recycling clothing event, to avoid the obscene amount of clothing which finds its way to landfill each year
  • an eco-fayre, with ways to rethink, re-use, re-purpose, repair, refill…
  • an introduction to mindfulness
  • a quiet track bike ride
  • a community feast with leftovers from food businesses to avoid waste
  • a bat walk

…you get the picture.

Let us know what you found and enjoyed. 

Kosmon Sanctuary, Walton-on-the-HiIll, Tadworth (nr Epsom/Dorking)
Kosmon light and shade
We will take you on a 2½-hour journey through the private ancient woodland of the charming Kosmon Sanctuary. Featuring 22 acres of private woodland, the undulating ground and rich variety of trees in the beautiful ancient woodland offers ever changing vistas and surprises. 
This is a new venue for us.
 
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.
 
Wednesday 26th October,  11.00-14.00, £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.

Sunday 9th October, 13.15-16.15, Full Moon Session, £40 (£77 with optional morning Moon Workshop, see Special All Day Event headed section above for more details) 
Book at the Harmony Shop 

 
Cannon Hill Common undatedCannon Hill Common (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 south western corner of Merton. 
 
Thursday 20th October, 11-1.30, £35
Book at the Harmony Shop
 

  
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🌳  Our Harmony in Nature woodland sessions deliver the restful, 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 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 
 

Other Offerings from Jo and Katie

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna runs other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment coursesAlso, for those who feel an affinity with the moon, following the moon cycle is very therapeutic, and Joanna's New Moon, New Vision: Moon Alignment Course runs for a full lunar cycle from New Moon on 25th October to New Moon on 23rd November. Our October Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Sunday 9th, with the Hunter Moon peaking at 21:54

Katie has five 1:1 places left this year for Nurtured by Nature, One-day Reset Retreats. Individually tailored, depending on what is most helpful for you, they may include a selection from nutrition, breathing, mindful movement, sounding or chanting, essential oils, ‘de-chemicalising’ your lifestyle, natural first aid, as well as reconnecting to ourselves and nature through sensory nature connection practices outdoors, ending, naturally, with a forest bathing session. Whole day for £488. Message Katie on 07596 830910 to discuss your ideal day retreat and possible dates.

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Nature Connection & Forest Bathing Guides

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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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