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HiN Apr issue Bluebells at Harry Edwards

As we progress into April in the UK, the emerging new life and fertility become clear as we see white, pink and yellow blossom on trees, in hedgerows, on shrubs, and with green shoots in the ground giving a clear sign that life and warmth are returning. Spring may be further advanced in urban areas (always a few degrees warmer than the countryside) where the mass and number of buildings can retain warmth from heating systems and the sun for longer. Changes in the sights, sounds, smells and feel of nature re-emerging after the colder, darker part of our year may be more rapid or noticeable in our towns, so we can all benefit from tuning into these natural signs, and feel thankful to our senses for enabling this. Spring is a reminder that darkness, suspension of growth and the breaking down of matter is a natural and necessary process to allow us to create nourishment and renewal when the time is right, in whichever ways feel right to us.

If we consciously choose to notice our surroundings with whichever of our senses appeal in the moment, walking frequently past the same area can change from a mundane necessity to a joyful activity as we tune in to the differences over the coming days, weeks and months. In our forests, we start to see (and smell) the beautiful bluebells, a marker of ancient woodland, which reach their full splendour in May. For clarification, the bendy stalks are the traditional English bluebells, while the more invasive Spanish ones are straighter.

April for many is likely notable mainly for April Fool’s Day tricks and April Showers (‘what, more than this March?’ you cry), and the month often hosts Easter, as it does this year. The month of April was supposedly named after the Roman Goddess Venus (leading to her Veneralia festival on 1st April), originally named Aphrilis after her equivalent Greek Goddess Aphrodite (Aphros) or the Etruscan version Apru. To the Anglo-Saxons, April was called Easter-mōnaþ "Easter Month", "Month of the Goddess Ēostre".  No prizes for guessing which Christian Festival took its name from this annual festival. You may like to note that it is officially Earth Day on 22nd, while some of us hope that eventually every day will become Earth Day, when we appreciate the true beauty, wellbeing benefits and non-financial value of all it offers us.

For those who celebrate the chance to get outdoors, we have the Lyrids Meteor shower peaking as usual 21st April, and we have several Nature Connection Forest Bathing events, mainly at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, near Shere (Surrey), which will hopefully feature some bluebells, of which there are thousands on site. 

According to author Robert Graves, our month of April bridges two Celtic moon months, named after the Celts 'ogham' tree alphabet: the Alder moon (March 18th-April 14th) and the Willow moon (April 15th-May 12th). The Alder moon is considered is a good month for making spiritual choices and getting in touch with your own intuitive processes. The Willow flourishes with rain and water, and offers protection. Willow moon month is associated with personal work and rituals around growing our knowledge, healing and nurturing, including emphasis on feminine energies.

Benefits of six-week sessions –  University of Derby study findings

Harmony In Nature was involved last year in running one set of six-week courses for mental health and other supportive charities, through The Forest Bathing Institute, using ‘before’ and ‘after’ self-assessed questionnaires. Fellow guides ran various other sessions with different charities, and initial results are exciting. As Dr Kirsten McEwan, Associate Professor and a Forest Bathing guide colleague, notes:

"The greatest improvements were as follows: in week 2, nature connection increased by 89%, anxiety reduced by 69%, and a health measure which assesses mobility, self-care, anxiety, depression and pain reduced by 35%. In week 1, health improved by a massive 412%, and by week 5 social connection had increased by 50%."

Charity session image March 2023Understanding why we feel better in nature is more data to add to building the case for integrating forest bathing into the NHS. We are currently running another course of six with a larger group of 20 from three different charities, participating in research monitored by a student from UCL.

The data from just the first week is positive, and we are enjoying connecting three groups with disparate experiences. We even had an amazing report from one participant (three weeks in) that his peripheral vision has improved significantly.Corporate sessionWWF session 29 3 23

Last week we also ran a corporate session with Communication colleagues from WWF International on Horsell Common, Woking. It was a pleasure to host them in the woods, and watch nature working its soothing magic. 

Despite the forecast of likely rain and high winds, we could barely discern any gusts, and had to choose our moment when it appeared for watching movement. The mud was notable, but rain did not arrive until we had finished. And then it poured! Whilst there's no guarantee, nature usually seems to look after our participants' comfort by holding off until its worst later.

Rate IncreaseFrom 1st April our rates increased to £39.77 for 3-hour sessions.

Harmony in Nature Events in Surrey/London

Our nature immersion sessions involve a leisurely amble through woodland, observing and connecting with nature as it awakens to spring: see the subtle movements and patterns, smell the daffodils, stroke the bark, listen to the birds.  The session culminates with a treelaxation, our unique nature meditation under the canopy of trees, and an optional woodland tea. We 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 potentially boost our immune system for 2-4 weeks, balance blood pressure, reduce blood sugars, stress and cortisol levels, amongst other benefits. Participants may feel a reduction in anxiety, depression or rumination, and an improvement in concentration, memory and creativity, as well as improved sleep.

All our venues are available for private bookings, themed events and corporate sessions, so do enquire for details. 

We have a public and private Forest Bathing sessions scheduled this month on the 19th (public), 15th, 25th and 30th (private group sessions) at Harry Edwards, Shere (Surrey). See below for details.

☕ We go out rain or shine, since, with 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 to warm us up!

Bluebell SessionsIn April and May we have the rare chance to thread our way through the carpet of bluebells at Harry Edwards in April and May (the exact duration of these being nature's surprise). We have earmarked some dates for private sessions.

If you have a group of friends or colleagues who would enjoy this uniquely seasonal experience, check the dates below, especially as we are offering 3 hour sessions for up to 10 participants for just £333. See Harry Edwards section below. 

Our Current Forest Bathing Venues 
Forest Bathing at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, SurreyHarry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea (near Shere) 
We will take you on a mindful 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. With spring in the air, we revert to 3-hour events here in March. Though nature can be unpredictable, typically this site is carpeted with bluebells in April/May.

Wednesday 19th April, 11 - 2pm, £39.77Sunday 21st May, 2.30 - 5.30pm, £39.77Sunday 11th June, 11am - 2pm, £39.77Sunday 2nd July, 11am - 2pm, £39.77Sunday 30th July, 11am - 2pm, £39.77Book any of the above sessions at the Harmony Shop 

Private Bluebell Sessions£333 for up to 10 participants£377 for up to 12 participants£597 for up to 20 participantsSuggested timings below may be flexible, call us with queries

Saturday 15th April,10-1pmTuesday 25th April, 11-2pmSunday 30th April, 11-2pm or 3-6pmTuesday 9th May, 11-2pmMonday 22nd May, 11-2pmBook any of these bluebell sessions at the Harmony Shop

This and our other venues are also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions. For a private session with friends or colleagues amongst the glorious bluebells, book soon to reserve your date ... 

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 of Raynes Park and Morden, in the south western corner of Merton. 
Thursday 11th May, 11am - 1.30pm, £39.77
Book at the Harmony Shop.
This venue is also available for private bookings and/or corporate sessions.

Other venues available

All venues are also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions. For a private session with friends or colleagues amongst the glorious bluebells, book soon to reserve your date. See the Harmony Shop for further details.

Kosmon Sanctuary, Walton-on-the-HiIl, Tadworth (nr Epsom/Dorking)
Kosmon light and shadeJourney through the private ancient woodland of the charming Kosmon Sanctuary. Covering 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 venue is available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, and the fragrant bluebell season is approaching.  
forest
bathing horsell common wokingHorsell Common, Horsell, Woking
 
Horsell Common has a mixed woodland of silver birch, pine and some oak, adjoining heathland, which is one of the most endangered habits in our country. Spanning 152 hectares this is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.
Whilst we don't hold regular public sessions at Horsell Common, this venue is available for private bookings and/or corporate sessions.
  • For our full range of Harmony in Nature therapeutic sessions, see www.harmonyinnature.uk (currently hosted on harmonyhealing.co.uk) 


Through Harmony Healing, Joanna runs other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses, as well as 1-2-1 energy healing sessions. Joanna's online monthly Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Wednesday 5th April, with the Easter Pink Moon, £20.

Katie has a few 1:1 places for 2023 for Nurtured by Nature, One-day Reset Retreats (Facebook link). 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 £366, half days available on request. Message Katie on 07596 830910 to discuss your ideal day retreat and possible dates.

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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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