Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Autumn Forest Bathing with Harmony in Nature

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    Join us for Forest Bathing, 11am-1pm, Sunday 14th November within semi-ancient private woodland. We spend two hours in the peaceful grounds of the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere. Cost is £25. 🍁
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    Later this month, 11am-1.30pm, Saturday 27th November, we are offering our first weekend event at Cannon Hill, London SW20. This 2½ hour session costs £35.🍂
     
    Many of our sessions are offered at school drop-off friendly timings to enable busy parents to savour some 'me time'. This is our first weekend event in SW20, normally they are weekdays at this time. We can offer a closed session before end of term if we have 4-12 participants, and would be hapy to pay 10% to any organising PTAs or social groups. 👩‍👧‍👦
     
    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 https://bit.ly/FBSessions or, to receive our nature connection mailings, email 💻
     
    Next month we have winter sessions at Newlands Corner (Saturday 4th) and Horsell Common (Monday 6th, school pick-up friuendly timings of 10.30am-1pm), plus Harry Edwards again on Saturday 11th. ❄
     
    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🌿
     
    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! ☕🍏
    We sell Harmony in Nature Vouchers too. 🎁
     
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    WHAT MAY HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF FOREST BATHING?
     
    Forest bathing, and in particular Forest Bathing+, which we embrace at Harmony In Nature and through our training at The Forest Bathing Institute, could be considered an amalgam of nature therapy, mindfulness and meditation, as well as its own thing. As such, there are decades of scientific research into what happens when we experience nature, do things mindfully, breathe consciously or follow a guided meditation.

    The (mainly) Japanese research into forest bathing has shown that we may potentially experience any or several of the following:

    • reduced stress and cortisol levels
    • improved heart and circulatory system
    • improved digestive and respiratory issues
    • reduced anxiety, depression and rumination
    • improved decision-making, motivation, creativity
    • increase in sense of connection with nature, self and others
    • balanced blood sugar
    • boosted immune function through increased production of 'Natural Killer'-NK-cells and anti-cancer proteins, lasting 2-4 weeks

    forest bathingFundamentally, it brings our nervous system back into balance, which regulates our hormones and our nervous system, and resets our mind and body functions. Some participants express experiencing emotions they hadn’t allowed themselves to feel recently, and this felt safe, and it passed. Some say how energised they felt, others how sleepy.

    In its simplest form, forest bathing combines the physiological benefits of nature’s presence with the meditative aspects of closely observing without judgement. What we feel as a result is ultimately influenced by what we each need at that point- sleep, energy, creativity, a sense of peace, wonderment. Our minds and bodies will give us what we need, when we allow them space to do so. That’s why we go forest bathing.

    Summary of remaining 2021 Forest Bathing+ Sessions with Joanna & Katie
    We have Harmony in Nature forest bathing sessions at:

    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, 11-1 on Sunday 14th November
    Cannon Hill Common, London SW20, 11-1.30 on Saturday 27th November
    Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey, 10.30-12.30 on Saturday 4th December
    Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey, 10.30-1 on Monday 6th December
    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, 11-1 on Saturday 11th December

    Book any of the above sessions via Harmony Healing Shop

    last session at newlands cornerImportant News about Newlands Corner
    Newlands Corner, our beautiful site in Guildford Surrey, have put up our site rental price so much that we don't know if we will be able to continue working there. So, if you want to join us Newlands Corner, please book in ASAP for one of our pre-Christmas dates as it ls unlikely to feature as a 2022 destination. We will be forced to cancel Newlands events one week before if numbers are low, so please don't leave it to a last minute booking or you stand to be disappointed.   

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  • Cannon Hill Common, London SW20 9DB

    Forest Bathing+ Cannon Hill Common, London SW20 9DB

    Forest Bathing sessions 2½ hours, £35*
    *Please note, if you are booking after 2pm the day before an event, DO NOT assume there is space available. Text 07930 414525 before booking.
    We have no public sessions scheduled but this site is available for private group bookings. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-1.30, but other timings can be arranged.

    Launched in August 2021, We hold Harmony in Nature therapeutic sessions in the London area at Cannon Hill Common, SW20 9DB near Wimbledon Chase, Raynes Park and Morden. The area is easily accessible by public transport.

  • Forest Bathing Update 2022, Issue 1 - The Awakening Forest

    Shaft of Light in the Winter Woodland

    What an incredible week, with storm after storm, leaving a trail of disaster in roads and woodlands all over the UK. As I type this, we still have heavy gusts from Storm Franklyn and it's become a common site to see fallen trees, sadly cut and piled up by the side of the road.

    As March approaches, we can look forward to extended daylight and the awakening of the forest with new growth at ground level as well as on the trees. And even where trees have fallen this last week, it will be amazing to observe the speed with which new saplings wll appear to fill the spaces.

    Our friend and fellow Forest Bathing Guide, Lisa Duncan, has written an excellent guest journal entry on Forest Bathing for a wonderful UK based organisation called the Naked Pharmacy who offer amazing natural remedies made to pharmaceutical specifications. To read it, head over to the Naked Pharmacy Blog.

    Surrey/London Forest Bathing Events

    ? ☕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!

    ?More dates & venues coming soon. Join us for Forest Bathing in Shere (near Guildford), London SW20 or Woking, Surrey as follows: -
    February
    Sunday 27th February, 11am - 1pm
    We will take you on a 2-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.
    Our final 2-hour event of the year, £25
    Book at the Harmony Shop
    March
    Wednesday 16th March, 11am-1.30pm
    We will take you on a 2½-hour journey through this charming site situated between Wimbledon Chase, Raynes Park & Morden. £35
    Book at the Harmony Shop
    Monday 21st March, International Day of Forests
    We are planning an all day event to celebrate this date, more details to follow.
    Sunday 20th March, 11am - 2pm
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary. £35
    Book at the Harmony Shop
    Thursday 31st March, 10.30-1pm
    We will take you on a 2½ hour journey over this historic common land, featured in HG Wells' best selling novel. £35
    The area is easily accessible by public transport (Woking station)
    Book at the Harmony Shop
    April 
    Sunday 24th Aprily, 11am - 2pm
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.
    Our last event of the year, £35
    Book at the Harmony Shop
    ?  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) or, to receive our nature connection mailings, email  ?
    ?  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 Friday 18th March 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], a Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme [next one running 1st-30th April, £155] and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses.

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    To receive regular Blog updates as each event unfurls (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, you can sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Forest Bathing Update 2022, Issue 2 - Spring Equinox & International Day of Forests

    Shaft of Light in the Winter Woodland

    The month of March was named after the Roman God of War, Mars. The Roman Calendar originally strated in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, March was called 'Hrēðmonath', named after a pagan fertility Goddess called 'Hreða' (also known as Rheda).

    On 20th March, we have the Spring Equinox at 15:32. On the Equinox, light and dark are equal over the whole world: mark the moment of the Equinox with silence and stillness. Representing balance of opposites; it's a good time to bring balance into your life. 

    On 21st March, we have the International Day of Forests, and to mark this occasion we are offering a Tree Connection Workshop, featuring a 2-hour Forest Bathing session, plus an indoor workshop featuring some of our local trees and how to connect further via teas, tree essences and essential oils. See below for details.

    We have North Surrey & London Forest Bathing events scheduled this month on the 16th (Cannon Hill Common, London SW20), 20th (Harry Edwards, Shere, Surrey), 21st (International Day of Forests Tree Connection Workshop, Shere, Surrey) and 31st March (Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey). See below for more about each event.

    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.

    This session which will 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!

    🌳 More dates & venues coming soon. Join us for Forest Bathing in Shere (near Guildford), London SW20 or Woking, Surrey as follows: -
     
    March
     
    Wednesday 16th March, 11am-1.30pm
    We will take you on 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.
     
     
    Sunday 20th March, 11am - 2pm
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, on this Spring Equinox.

    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
     
     
    Monday 21st March, International Day of Forests

    Join us for the day in the Bluebell Room and outdoors to strengthen your connection with trees, particularly those native to the UK.  Spend 2-3 hours Forest Bathing with us in the lovely private grounds (connecting with nature using mindful sensory activities), find out more about our most popular trees and learn how you can bring wellbeing into your life through a selection of tree essences, teas and essential oils.  

    ​Discover about nature's WoodWideWeb and learn how to connect with it on a daily basis. Meditate with a tree through the seasons.

    An educational, interactive and fun workshop for tree lovers, which can work around school runs.

    £70, book at harmonyinnature.co.uk 

    Thursday 31st March, 10.30-1pm
    We will take you on a 2½ hour journey over this historic common land, featured in HG Wells' best selling novel. £35.

    Join us at this mixed woodland and heath location, featuring many Scott's pines and silver birches.

    The area is easily accessible by public transport (Woking station)
     
    £35, book at the Harmony Shop
     
    April 
     
    Sunday 24th April, 11am - 2pm
    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. 
    ?  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 Friday 18th March 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], a Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme [next one running 1st-30th April, £155] and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses

    Sign up to Regular Update Mailings
    To receive our Forest Bathing Updates, sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up  or email  

    To receive regular Blog updates as each event unfurls (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, you can sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Forest Bathing Update 2022, Issue 3 - Easter & Bluebells

    Shaft of Light in the Winter Woodland

    As we progress into April, a theme emerges which venerates spring, renewal and fertility as well as nourishment. Known for April Fool’s Day and April Showers, the month often hosts Easter, as it does this year. In the forest, we start to see (and smell) the beautiful bluebells, a marker of ancient woodland, which reach their full splendour in May. 

    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.

    We're taking a break for Easter, so this month we only have one public forest bathing session, £35, 11-2, on the 24th April (Harry Edwards, Shere, Surrey), where we may be lucky to encounter some early bluebells of which there are thousands here; this lovely venue becomes stunning when they are in bloom.

    I am delighted to announce that the talented Vanessa Potter has completed Series 3 of her Finding Your Right Mind Podcasts all about ParkBathe: Nature's de-stress revolution. The series highlights the benefits of immersing ourselves in woodland and features interviews with many experts on Forest Bathing, including Joanna.

    Next 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, 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!

    🌳 More dates & venues coming soon. Join us for Forest Bathing in Shere (near Guildford), London SW20 or Woking, Surrey as follows: -
     
    April 
     
    Sunday 24th April, 11am - 2pm
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, where we may well encounter some early 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. 
     
    May
     
    Monday 9th May, 11am-1.30pm (Mental Health Awareness Week)
    We will take you on 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.
     
    Join 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). 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

     
    Saturday 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
     
     
    ?  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

    Sign up to Regular Update Mailings
    To receive our Forest Bathing Updates, sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up  or email  

    To receive regular Blog updates as each event unfurls (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, you can sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Forest Bathing Update 2022, Issue 4 - May Celebrations + Mental Health Awareness week

    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 moonand 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 
     
    ***** 
     
    ?  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

    Sign up to Regular Update Mailings
    To receive our Forest Bathing Updates, sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up  or email  

    To receive regular Blog updates as each event unfurls (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, you can sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Forest Bathing Update 2022, Issue 5 - June & Summer Solstice

    square insta bluebell at HE 22May

    June is British summertime. The roses bloom, imprinting their perfumed scent into the extended evenings leading to the Solstice on the 21st. Garden flowers and hedgerows are splendidly colourful and summer berries are abundant. Seasons are topsy turvey with the elderflower, usually a May blossom, in full bloom as June begins. After two crazy years, we will relish the picnic season with strawberries & ice-cream plus elderflower cordial; despite optimism versus realism whilst planning for both rain and/or sunburn risk.

    The month could be named after Juno, the Roman Goddess linked with marriage. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called sera monath (dry month), which is not necessarily our modern-day experience.

    In UK, on 21st June, we have the Summer Solstice marking the turning point of the year, after which days start to get shorter again. We have just completed Week 5 of a 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 have a Surrey Forest Bathing event on Saturday 25th at the private woodlands in the grounds of the Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary (Burrows Lea, near Shere, Surrey). 

    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. Next month, we hope to start offering monthly sessions at the Kosmon sanctuary in Tadworth. 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. 

    ? ☕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!
     
    HE August 2020June & July Forest Bathing at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, 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.

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

    June
    Saturday 25th June, 11am - 2pm, £35
     
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    July
     
    Sunday 10th July, 1-4pm, £35
     
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    Thursday 7th July, 11-1.30 we also have a session at Cannon Hill, SW20, £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 moonand 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 
     
    ***** 
     
    ?  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 Wednesday 13th July, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses

    Sign up to Regular Update Mailings
    To receive our Forest Bathing Updates, sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up  or email  

    To receive regular Blog updates as each event unfurls (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, you can sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Forest Bathing Update 2022, Issue 6 - July & Lavender

    square insta lavender

    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 linksThe 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. 

    ? ☕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. 
     
    Cannon Hill Common has several lovely ancient trees (likely over 200-300 years old) and some charming walkways under the canopy of woodland. We are confident that participants will experience therapeutic benefits from connecting mindfully in nature.

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

    Thursday 7th July, 11-1.30, £35
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
     
    HE August 2020Harry 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.

    July Sunday 10th July, 1-4pm, £35 
    Book at the Harmony Shop

     
    August
    Wednesday 17th August, 11am-2pm, £35 
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
     
    Kosmon light and shadeKosmon Healing Sanctuary, Tadworth 
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private ancient woodland of the charming Kosmon Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.
     
    July 
    Tuesday 12th July,  11am-2pm, £35 
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    August 
    Thursday 18th August,  11am-2pm, £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, Tuesday 26th July - Tuesday 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 moonand 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 
     
    ***** 
     
    ?  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 Wednesday 13th July, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses

    Sign up to Regular Update Mailings
    To receive our Forest Bathing Updates, sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up  or email  

    To receive regular Blog updates as each event unfurls (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, you can sign up at https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Forest Bathing+

    General Forest Bathing+ Information - see Harmony Shop for public session dates and to book

    Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health.

    Newands Corner

    To complement Joanna’s spiritual approach to wellbeing, Nature Therapy and Forest Bathing+ combine mindfulness with the beauty and tranquillity of ancient woodlands and local gardens.

    Harmony In Nature is run by Katie Robinson & Joanna Bristow-Watkins; both experienced & insured Forest Bathing+ Guides licensed by The Forest Bathing Institute.  Operating mostly in Woodland near Guildford, Surrey, they offer 2hr+ public & private sessions.
     
    Join us for an inspirational Forest Bathing+ session in local woodlands, where possible utiilsing ancient or semi-ancient sites. Calming, peaceful and yet intensely powerful, you’ll move slowly through a sequence of sensory exercises and deep meditations that lead to an enhanced state of mindfulness and reconnection with nature.
     

    All Harmony In Nature gatherings for Forest Bathing+ follow the current government guidelines and last a minimum of two hours. Costs from £30 (individual). Private bookings for taster and private sessions available, please enquire for bespoke private or corporate sessions.

    See below for more information on Forest Bathing or listen to our Brooklands Radio Forest Bathing podcast interview with Jill Bennett (8½ mins).

    For our venues and dates available, and to book a session, see the Harmony Shop Forest Bathing Sessions.

    Forest Bathing+

    Forest Bathing comes from the Japanese term, ‘Shinrin Yoku’, the process of immersing the human spirit under a canopy of trees. It was developed to mitigate the high levels of stress experienced by businessmen in crowded urban environments and combines mindfulness, meditation and gentle exercise within an ambient forest location.

    Ancient civilisations frequently venerated nature and gained insight and wisdom from their relationship with the natural world. Despite the fact that society is now more disconnected from the countryside, research supports the physiological benefits of Forest Bathing. Trees emit essential oils known as ‘phytoncides’ which have been proven to evoke relaxation and wellbeing. By immersing ourselves in ancient woodlands, we re-connect with nature and reinforce this relationship with the natural world.

    The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) has pioneered the addition of enhanced sensory exercises and deep meditations to create Forest Bathing+, which helps promote mindfulness 

    Our Harmony in Nature Forest Bathing experience involves a slow exploration of woodland through our senses.  Cost is £35 per person for a 3-hour public session.  Rates for private sessions are negotiable.
    Forest Bathing has been proven to have ongoing health and wellbeing benefits.  Backed by global evidence-based studies, especially in Japan, Korea, and more recently in the UK, research (relevant study hyperlinked in each case) shows Forest Bathing has the potential to:
    We have been piloting some Forest Bathing sessions for the charity sector and we are currently running a 6-week course for Mind, Woking.  Initial feedback five weeks in, is excellent with many health improvements noted amongst participants.
    Joanna and Katie feel that with the growth in eco-awareness and the drive for greener businesses there is an opportunity for us as providers with minimal (even positive) environmental impact to be supplying regular wellbeing maintenance sessions to employers/employees including schools and teachers.  As Forest Bathing becomes more accepted within the NHS and charity sectors this can only help.
     

    Jo at NCJoanna's interest in Forest Bathing

    Joanna grew up in an area dense with ancient woodland, and had the freedom to roam. Much of her childhood was spent playing in those woods with her sister, Fiona, largely unsupervised by adults.

    She feels their childish enthusiasm encouraged a love of nature, animals, and woodlands, which laid the foundations for much of her subsequent interests and work.

    Have spent 15 years + in senior management specialising in customer care and training, she was suddenly driven by a desire for inner peace and became interested in Ancient Egyptian philosophies and natural healing techniques.

    Forest Bathing+ felt like a natural progression. She trained with, and is fully certified, by the Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI), who initiate ground-breaking research on its physiological, immunological, emotional and mental health benefits.

    Image shows Katie (left) and Joanna (Right) in Newlands Corner, Guildford.

    Katie's interest in Forest Bathing

    From a young age Katie spent multiple family holidays walking, youth hostelling and being outdoors whatever the weather, particularly in the Lake District and North Yorkshire Moors, so Katie feels right at home with Forest Bathing.

    She has been on two survival courses, and loves learning which wild foods we can forage. She’s been self-employed for much of her working life, so she can do a mix of what she enjoys, which has included editing and dance instructing. 

    One of the most important things to her is managing her and her family’s health care with natural therapies, enabling them to be mainly independent of the mainstream. She advocates always doing your own research. The key components of her approach to health are nutrition, essential oils, homeopathy and walking amongst greenery; with visits to other practitioners as necessary.

    Nature Therapy and Forest Bathing+ Sessions

    Forest Bathing + can take place in multiple locations, but most of my sessions take place at Newlands Corner or in the grounds of the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, close to the picturesque village of Shere, near Guildford in Surrey.

    This Sanctuary focuses on Energy Healing which completely aligns with Forest Bathing+. All sessions take place in ancient woodlands and I will gently take you through a number of mindfulness-based sensory exercises and meditations that will enhance your appreciation of nature through all your senses.

    Having spent over two decades working with healing energy (my company, Harmony Healing, was founded in 1999) the importance of nature in health and wellbeing is obvious. I can also run themed sessions incorporating nature angels, which may give you a useful introduction towards spiritual mentoring and expansion, RSE® Egyptian alchemy healing and practitioner training.

    Garden Therapy sessions are also available for private and corporate bookings, either in your own garden (if suitable) or in a beautiful garden setting in Surrey.

    Contact me for group and corporate Forest Bathing+ and Nature Therapy sessions. Blog updates, with seasonal activities, are emailed out to Harmony Healing subscribers.

    Whilst undertaking the mindfulness sensory exercises during the session, participants will be asked to refrain from talking to each other (and avoid other distractions such as mobile phone use) so that all participants can gain the full benefits from the surroundings. Do come along with a friend provided they are keen to adopt the rules (and not seeing it a general catch-up). Please contact me on  with queries.

    DOGS: Regrettably we cannot accept dogs on our Forest Bathing+ sessions unless they are trained Guide Dogs.

    INCLEMENT WEATHER: We operate in all weathers (we just request that you wear appropriate clothing) except winds exceeding 30mph due to safety reasons.

    Private Forest Bathing Sessions are available.

    Listen to our podcast interview on Forest Bathing with Jill Bennett from Brooklands Radio

    For more details about Forest Bathing:-

    See my 8.5 minute chat with Fiona Mason of Cuppa Time

    https://www.facebook.com/CuppaAndAChat/videos/1134876673567721/

    See Emma Reed's reaction after her Forest Bathing+ Session with Joanna

    https://www.facebook.com/248959805155973/videos/2373335036220701/

  • Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, Surrey

    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea, Shere, Surrey.

    Image shows 'treelaxation' at Harry Edwards

    Sunday 10th July, 1-4pm, £35*
    Wednesay 17th August, 11am-2pm, £35*
    Sunday 9th October, Full Moon Forest Bathing, 1.15-4.15, £40*
    *Please note, if you are booking after 2pm the day before an event, DO NOT assume there is space available. Text 07930 414525 before booking.
     
    This site is available for private group bookings. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-2, but other timings can be arranged.
     
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary. Forest Bathing+ is based on the Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku and involves a slow exploration of nature through your senses. Feel the changes in the air, observe the colours, inhale deeply and savour the smells of the season. 
  • Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey

    Horsell Common

    Harmony in Nature Forest Bathing session, Horsell Common (Woking, GU21), £35*
    *Please note, if you are booking after 2pm the day before an event, DO NOT assume there is space available. Text 07930 414525 before booking.
    We have no public sessions scheduled but this site is available for private group bookings. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-1.30, but other timings can be arranged.

  • Kosmon Healing Sanctuary

    Kosmon Healing Sanctuary

    Image shows light and shade at play amongst the trees at the Kosmon

    Tuesday 12th July, 11am-2pm, £35*
    Thursday 18th August, 11am-2pm, £35*
    *Please note, if you are booking after 2pm the day before an event, DO NOT assume there is space available. Text 07930 414525 before booking.
     
    This site is available for private group bookings. Preferred timings for private bookings is 11-2, but other timings can be arranged.
     
    We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private woodland of the lovely Kosmon Healing Sanctuary. Forest Bathing+ is based on the Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku and involves a slow exploration of nature through your senses. Feel the changes in the air, observe the colours, inhale deeply and savour the smells of the season. 
  • Monday 21st March, International Day of Forests

    International day of ForestsMonday 21st March is International Day of Forests, sponsored by the United Nations. The 2022 theme for International Day of Forests is "choose sustainable wood for people and the planet." 

    Forests are home to more that 60,000 tree species; comprising about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

    In fact, 1.6 billion people are directly dependent on forests for their shelter, food, medicines, income and energy. Alarmingly, we are losing around 10 million hectares of global forest annually (the size of Iceland) and this is said to accounts for 12-20% of greenhouse gas emissions thought to contribute to our climate change.

    Whilst some have retained a strong affinity with nature, many have become disconnected. Ancient civilisations venerated the natural world, gaining much wisdom from observing in nature. Contemporary research is now highlighting the physiological benefits of time spent in natural surroundings. Trees emit phytoncides, which we are now refining into essential oils into the atmosphere, which have been proven to encourage relaxation as well as other wellbeing benefits. By engaging with natural forest environments, we can re-connect with nature, renewing our relationship with our natural habitat and appreciating any wildlife within it.

    As a qualified Forest Bathing+ guide, I am delighted to see Forests being recognised for their wellbeing benefits and valuable biodiversity and efforts being made to protect dwindling international woodlands. 

    Forest Bathing is the traditional translation of the Japanese term ‘Shinrin Yoku’, which refers to immersion under a canopy of trees. Practised for over 30 years to alleviate high levels of stress felt by Japanese executives in busy urban districts; Forest Bathing combines meditation and mindfulness with gentle exercise; all within an ambient forest environment.

    Offering a unique chance to reconnect both with nature and with ourselves, there is growing evidence that Forest Bathing can:

    • Reduce stress
    • Regulate blood pressure
    • Improve metabolic and cardiovascular health
    • Improve anti-cancer protein production
    • Support weight loss
    • Increase concentration and memory
    • Lower blood-sugar levels
    • Lift depression
    • Alleviate pain thresholds
    • Improve energy levels
    • Boost the immune system by increasing the body’s NK (Natural Killer) cell count

    In the UK, the Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) has added sensory mindfulness exercises including a 'treelaxation' and group sharing opportunities all within ancient woodlands, to pioneer an enhanced experience known as Forest Bathing+.

    Katie and I (together we run Harmony in Nature) will be celebrating by running a tree workshop at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.

    See you soon in Surrey Woodlands?

    We are so lucky to have woodland making up around 25% of our landscepe here in Surrey. If you aren't local to us, make an effort to go and connect with your local woodlands and beautyspots and naise awareness for the need to appreciate our natural resources. It takes hundreds of years for woodland to build their ecosystems and create an effective communication network; it's a misnomer that we can make up for cutting down established woods with a few newly planted trees.

    Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing+ Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. If you run a local meet-up or social group and are looking for professsional speakers (virtual or in person), please contact me if you would like a presentation on Forest Bathing.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wider spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is Saturday 16th April (Easter Saturday) at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at theHarmony Shop.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 -our next interactive training course continues with Mindful Chakras (started 10th March) and Essene Angelology started 16th March.  Missed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations are possible.

    Other services
    Between Full Moon and the next New Moon (1st April) is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.  Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. For full immersion with Moon energy join one of our New Moon New Vision, Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes. The next one is 1st - 30th April and costs £155.

    Currently, MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services andHarmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers (£35).

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  • Monday 9th - Sunday 15th May, Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK

    mhaw21 shared social 1080x1080 England 10 16 May 2021Monday 9th - Sunday 15th May is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, and the theme this year is 'Together we can Tackle Loneliness.'

    Sadly, the Covid-19 Pandemic and resulting lockdowns, won't have helped mental health at all, with loneliness and isolation a known cause of depression already. On the plus side, this last two years have put health and wellbeing in the public eye more than ever.

    Most of us have a natural affinity with nature - in fact the word 'natural' itself implies that! A simple therapy for a headache or low mood can be to go for a walk (or even sit and read) in a local woods or other beauty spot or even your nearby park and get some fresh air.

    Scientific evidence supports the findings that, amongst many other health & wellbeing benefits, Forest Bathing featuring mindfulness in nature, lifts the mood and reduces rumination. Meeting others with similar life outlooks can also help overcome loneliness.

    Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilForest Bathing involves enjoying the ambience of woods, with like-minded others, through shared mindful sensory exercises. Join us this month on the 9th at Cannon Hill (SW20) or 15th (themed on nature angels) or 22nd (standard session) at Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, Shere, where we will be running sessions with the added delight of any remaining bluebells), see our shop entry for Forest Bathing+ for all options.

    Forest Bathing+ is essentially spending time relaxing under the canopy of trees, the health giving benefits of which have been scientifically evidenced over the last 40 years, particularly in Japan. The home of Shin-rin Yoku (translated as Forest Bathing but literally meaning 'forest emersion'), Japan has over 60 forests designated for Forest Bathing use and it can be prescribed by their health service as a preventative healthcare measure for mental health and general physical well-being.

    Forest Bathing is also prevalent in South Korea, where overnight retreats and specific ‘trails of healing’ help stressed-out executives’ re-charge from their daily life under the health-giving canopy of an accredited woodland environment.

    The Forest Bathing Institute have been engaged in University studies in the UK to replicate empirical evidence that this lowers blood pressure and blood sugars, reduces stress and lifts mood as well as other physical health benefits. The study results are both impressive and convincing and it seems now the UK Government are ready to listen and get involved.

    We are starting our first 6-week series of Forest Bathing for the Woking branch of the mental helath charity Mind on Wednesday - in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Week. How fitting...

    Nature connection brings balance and wellbeing into our lives. 

    Through Harmony in Nature, Joanna & Katie offer a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing and to connect with nature, and, through Harmony Healing, Joanna also offers a programme to connect with the moon cycle, as well as other ancient traditions. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations£20. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology.Missed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations or are possible. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving.

    Other services
    Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing+ Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. 

    Currently, MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services andHarmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers (£35).

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  • Sunday 26th September, National GetOutside Day in the Uk

    26 Sep National Get Outside Day an initiative by Ordnance SurveySunday 26th September is National GetOutside Day in the UK, an initiative by Ordnance Survey. 

    Embrace GetOutside Day by Savouring the Approach of Autumn
    Guest Blog by Katie Robinson, Co-Founder of Harmony in Nature

    Once the days start to feel cooler and shorter, it’s very tempting to stay inside with our heating, rather than add on extra layers and step outside; but it’s well worth the effort! If you can go out into a clean natural environment, that’s ideal, but observing plants in a pot, listening to the birds as the sun starts going down, feeling the breeze or sun are all ways to feel a sense of connection with nature, which soothes our mind and body.

    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! If you have the company of a young child, you may want to let them lead you, as they know what to do in nature, by following their instincts.

    Feeling the barkIf you want to amuse yourself, then here are some things that we at Harmony in Natureenjoy doing outside, as the cooler weather approaches. Take your time, and really notice the details with your senses. When we become completely present in the moment, rest, recovery and healing is triggered through a different branch of our autonomic nervous system operating than during our daily ‘doings’. Being outside, and especially in nature, has been shown to benefit us in all areas of wellbeing.

    • See what draws your attention when you step outside: is it the temperature, the light, colours, shapes/angles, movement? Follow one of these qualities for a few minutes, and see how you feel.
    • In a clean area in nature, appreciate the quality of the air, breathing slowly in and out through your nostrils (especially important in very cold weather, as the nose warms the air). Notice if the air seems the same temperature as it goes both in and out, or is it different?
    • Feel the air on your face, hands and skin - does it change if you turn, very slowly, in a full circle? Do you feel some breeze/warmth/cold/movement across your skin, or not?
    • What can you hear? If it’s a jarring sound, take a few slow breaths in and out, and listen even harder to find a natural sound - maybe birdsong, wind, water from a small fountain? Cup your hands round your ears and see if that makes the sound louder.
    • Smell as much as you can! As there is more moisture in the air, the smells get stronger, so make the most of this, by looking for some areas where leaves have come down. Rubbing them between your fingers increases the smell, as does ‘sniffing like a cat’, taking in several shorter sniffs before inhaling more deeply; but not so deeply that you get bits of leaf up your nostrils, though! Do deeper layers smell different?
    • Leaves are fun for all the family! You can scuff them along to make a great swishing sound, or throw them, kick them or, if you find a nice layer in a safe place, even lie down and make ‘leaf angels’ with your arms, so you don’t have to wait for snow!
    • Have you walked on grass in your bare feet? Not only is the damp grass a lovely feeling, but being in contact ‘skin to skin’ with the ground has wonderful health benefits, too. It sends to the earth all the excess positively charged ions, which we are absorbing from all our tech and electronic equipment, and sends us back the negatively charged ions, which bring us more health. Some say we need at least 10 minutes of uninterrupted contact, but others feel it is instant. Certainly, we feel often feel tingling after a while, and sometimes feet even warm up! (You can always put something like towel on the top of your feet, and that keeps them warmer, for a luxury version!)

    Whatever you do outside, ensure you have fun, and rediscover the pleasures of having the curiosity of a child again.

    forest bathingForest Bathing+ Sessions with Joanna & Katie
    We have Harmony in Nature forest bathing sessions at:

    Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey, 11-1.30 on Tuesday 12th October
    Cannon Hill Common, London SW20, 11-1.30 on Thursday 14th October
    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, 11-2 on Sunday 17th October
    Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey, 10.30-12.30 on Saturday 30th October
    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, 11-1 on Saturday 13th November
    Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey, 10.30-12.30 on Saturday 4th December
    Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey, 10.30-12.30 on Saturday 27th November
    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, 11-1 on Saturday 11th December

    Book any of the above sessions via Harmony Healing Shop

    Important News about Newlands Corner
    Newlands Corner, our beautiful site in Guildford Surrey, have put up our site rental price so much that we don't know if we will be able to continue working there. We will be forced to cancel Newlands events one week before if numbers are low, so please don't leave it to a last minute booking or you stand to be disappointed. So, if you want to join us Newlands Corner, please book in ASAP for one of our pre-Christmas dates as it ls unlikely to feature as a public destination in 2022. 

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  • Themed Full Day Workshops with afternoon Forest Bathing, £77

    Themed Full Day Workshops with afternoon Forest Bathing, £77

    Sunday 9th October, 9.30-4.15, at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere, Surrey*
    *Please note, if you are booking after 2pm the day before an event, DO NOT assume there is space available. Text 07930 414525 before booking.

    This site is available for private group bookings.

  • Training to be a Forest Bathing+ Guide - and be at one with nature, Guest Blog by Philippa Bassett

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    This year, Philippa Bassett trained to become a Forest Bathing+ Guide like Joanna. Her blog outlines the approach and appeal of Forest Bathing+ and her motivation for taking it up. Reproduced with her permission, here is her take on the delights of Shinrin-Yoku.

    This time last year, if you had asked me what my plans were for future courses, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have mentioned training to become a Forest Bathing+ Guide!

    However, after a year working with The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI), I have learned so much about the science behind the benefits of practising Shinrin-Yoku (the Japanese term) for Forest Bathing+, that I am now on my journey to becoming a fully-fledged TFBI Forest Bathing+ Guide myself!

    Forest Bathing+ is essentially spending time relaxing under the canopy of trees, the health giving benefits of which have been scientifically evidenced over the last 40 years, particularly in Japan. Here, forest bathing is regularly prescribed by their NHS system as a preventative healthcare measure for mental health and general physical well-being.

    Forest Bathing is also prevalent in South Korea, where overnight retreats and specific ‘trails of healing’ help stressed out executives’ re-charge from their daily life under the health-giving canopy of an accredited woodland environment.

    Forest Bathing Bluebell WoodsBut this is not new to me. At some level, I feel that I am returning to my roots with Forest Bathing+. Having grown up by the sea in a rural part of South Wales, I spent a lot of time in the woods at the back of my grandparents’ house, where we used to walk under the woodland canopy to the local beaches. Climbing and playing in trees formed a large part of my childhood, and this connection has been re-kindled by attending Forest Bathing+ events. The feeling of calmness and relaxation following several hours of mindfulness in the forest is a great benefit to one’s general health and well-being.

    The catalyst for deciding to become a Forest Bathing+ Guide was attending the Mindfulness and Meditation Training which took place in mid-March, just before the Covid 19 lockdown. Due to the self-isolation restrictions, the theory behind Forest Bathing+ was conducted online, which gave me more time to focus on the benefits. During the course, I was really surprised to learn so many interesting facts about the science of ancient forests, their chemical structure, the wood wide web and many more fascinating nuggets of information.

    I am very interested in natural healing and healthcare having worked in this area for over 6 years. Learning about the natural healing ability of the forests and woodland reinforced my passion and I now feel committed to attracting more people, of all ages, to experience the wonders of immersive nature therapy and spend quality, mindful time in the beautiful woodlands and ancient forests that are such an integral part of the UK’s natural landscape.

    I would thoroughly recommend the Forest Bathing training to anyone who also has a passion for nature, the environment and general health and well-being.

    Photo credits: Forest Bathing images showing a track through a Surrey woodland and bluebell woods, taken by Philippa Bassett.

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    As many of our Blog readers will know, Joanna Bristow-Watkins from Harmony Healing trained as a Forest Bathing+ Guide with TFBI in 2019. Joanna will be writing a future Blog about Forest Bathing, but when her colleague Philippa published this Blog, she sought permision to use it as her first Guest Blog.

    Forest Bathing Sessions bring harmony and balance into your life. Joanna and other qualified TFBI guides are now tentatively offering small group Forest Bathing+ Sessions at Newlands Corner (near Guildford) with additional social distancing and other protocols to minimise COVID risks. 

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony.  It was a key part of ancient Egyptian life to be connected with nature and all of the Deities represented manifestations of nature.  Even our own word 'nature' is likely to be derived from their word 'Neter' generally translated as God.

    A number of virtual courses are starting again this month, including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1which is now fully available as interactive training modules, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events

    Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

    To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • What's on this spring: Unity Consciousness, Lunar Cycle alignment course, forest bathing ...

    Spring Equinox 20th 1Last weekend was the Equinox, so at last, Spring is in the air and we can feel optimistic about the summer.

    Things have been very hectic for me having embraced a transition to Zoom virtual format shortly after lockdown a year ago.

    Since last March, there have been continuous enrolments for my RSE (Reyad Sekh Em©) Egyptian Alchemy healing training courses. Especially the Introductory Level although 10 have gone onto become qualified RSE Practitioners and are working towards advanced practitioner training. I couldn't be happier on that front, after almost 23 years in the healing fraternity, the most amazing community of healers and trainee healers has emerged. I dreamt of this but to have it materialise is fantastic.  And the talent amongst them is incredible; if you are looking to develop latent (or extend existing) healing skills, do join us.  Here's two of the recently qualified super capable practitioners telling their stories on You Tube: Benjamin (a hairdresser, aged 21, unable to work during lockdown) and Agata (a practising NHS physiotherapist) tell their stories (less than 15 mins in total). 

    Most important is the desire to run an active team of lightworkers and make a difference in the world, especially considering the desperate global environment.  If you are familiar with the work of David Hawkins and Owen Waters, you will know that working on your own spiritual consciousness is one of the most productive steps we can make as individuals regarding improving global wellbeing. See my short YouTube presentation for more on this. 

    Monthly Full Moon Meditation 

    We hold monthly Full Moon Virtual Guided Meditations, the next ones are Sunday 28th March, Monday 26th April & Wednesday 26th May. Other dates are listed on the Harmony Healing website until the end of the year.  These cost £22 via PayPal (£20 if paid via BACS bank transfer) and act as a great low investment introduction to my work. 

    New Moon New Vision: lunar cycle connection programme

    Very soon, Monday 12th April - Tuesday 11th May, we have our coveted New Moon New Vision; lunar cycle alignment programme re-starting, cost is £155 (+ £7.50 admin fee if paid via PayPal). This was run earlier in the year featuring daily angelic affirmations, weekly meditations and several distant attunements to enhance your energetic connection to the sun, moon, earth, planets and stars plus the current Western and Chinese zodiacs. We simultaneously learn, though 10+ hours of virtual Zoom mentoring, to work with the energies of the moon cycle and each person creates a Vision Board for 2021 & beyond. Multiple participants found it a 'life changing for the better'. More at Harmony Healing Website and a YouTube informational video (about 15 mins) with feedback from three of the group members and here's what another had to say as the last course reached the final week: 

    "As we're almost at the end of the course, but still the beginning of a journey, I thought I'd share a few of the things that have changed for me during this moon cycle.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 

    I have more space within... I can literally feel it - possibly as a result of the Soul Star and Earth Star Chakras attunement, and also because of the releasing that has been happening over the last 2 weeks.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 

    I have recovered a routine which brings about a more productive day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    My brain has tuned into the fact that I need to lose weight... I've let go of snacking, I'm having beautiful detox baths and have done the oil pulling. I am doing daily dance exercises.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I am meditating more and got back on track with daily self-Reiki.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I'm seeing the bigger picture.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I am generally more focused.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Such positive stuff for everyday living! ♥"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Yvonne Oaks, Light From Within, London, 10th Feb 2021🎈 

    Forest Bathing+ Sessions in leafy Surrey

    Earlier this week, Monday 21st March was International Day of Forests and I'm delighted to announce that we will be able to offer Forest Bathing+ sessions in Surrey again, starting on 17th April at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (Shere) and 22nd April at Newlands Corner (near Guildford).See event dates listed up to July on the Harmony Website, please do join us for one or more of these enjoyable and therapeutic experiences.

    I will also offer another series of RSE (Reyad Sekh Em©) Egyptian Alchemy healing training courses over the summer. Our current course finished yesterday (25th March), so I will wait and see whether they want to progress immediately onto RSE 2 Practitioner which will mean a delay before the next introductory series.

    So that's a summary of what we are offering for the next 3-4 months, if you aren't already and feel inspired to join our active Lightworker Community, think about joining one of the activities above or sign up for the Celestial Forecast Blog email updates.  Subscribers receive reminders of the New Moon, Full Moon, Meteor showers, dates of numerological significance (three '555' dates coming up in May, one of which is included in the New Moon New Vision Course), Pagan, Egyptian, Roman and other religious festivals as well as international celebrations.

    Whatever you do, have a happy spring & summer.

    If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

    Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

    To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Why Go Forest Bathing When I Already Go Out in Nature?

    WhatsApp Image 2021 07 24 at 10.41.45 7Guest Blog by Katie Robinson, Co-Founder of Harmony in Nature, September 2021

    ‘I walk my dog every day.’

    ‘I meet my friends weekly for a walk.’

    ‘I go for a run three times a week; does that count?’

    ‘I get great benefit from doing my 10,000 steps most days.’

    Of course we can continue these positive activities. And, we can enhance our experience when we add something new into our lifestyle.

    For example, if our usual supermarket doesn’t stock something new we want to try, do we not even look elsewhere? Of course not; we’ll find out where we can find it. Forest bathing is simply a different way to be out in nature and woodland, with different benefits from these other activities. It’s not an ‘either/or’ scenario.

    To answer the title question with another question: Where is your mind when you do these activities?

    Is it noticing the details of what is immediately around? Or the mind and body sensations? Personally, my mind would be clocking up the steps, or the landmarks indicating I’m half way, or wondering how far away until my stop at the coffee shop as a reward, or chatting with my friend, or checking the dog hasn’t disappeared. Dogs are very mindful, but owners checking on them cannot be. This is why our walks currently do not include children and dogs. This is total ‘me’ time.

    Our minds are wonderful things; always busy and looking for problems to solve to keep active. However, years of this often leads to it being stuck on ‘doing’ and ‘fixing’. With forest bathing, we can leave this behind for a while.

    I notice the texture of the many tree barks; I stop to smell the variety of new growth or layers of the soil, noticing how clean it smells and how uplifting that feels; or I allow my attention to be drawn to the many patterns in the tree canopy above. I can use my senses in a directed way that brings out the wonderment in nature I felt as a child; I breathe deeply and appreciate the power and healing we get from a high-oxygen environment; I notice the tiny things.

    Forest bathing adds another way to be in nature and has enhanced our lives immeasurably. Giving ourselves 2-3 hours to meander around in woodland is a great act of self care, and a common realisation by participants is that the permission to do this is so valuable.

    They realise how little we notice normally, and get great joy and excitement from re-discovering small elements they hadn’t paid attention to in a long time, if ever. Immersing ourselves in all the forest has to offer (hence the ‘bathing’) is eye opening for many. The sights, sounds, smells and feel of the forest, as we each experience it, brings us into the present moment, away from the upset of the past and worry about the future that hasn’t yet happened. We simply ‘are’ and the forest accompanies us, being its beautiful self, just waiting to be noticed, to calm and reset us, and never judging us for the failures we perceive in ourselves.

    WHAT MAY HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF FOREST BATHING?

    Forest bathing, and in particular Forest Bathing+, which we embrace at Harmony In Nature and through our training at The Forest Bathing Institute, could be considered an amalgam of nature therapy, mindfulness and meditation, as well as its own thing. As such, there are decades of scientific research into what happens when we experience nature, do things mindfully, breathe consciously or follow a guided meditation. The (mainly) Japanese research into forest bathing has shown that we may potentially experience any or several of the following:

    • reduced stress and cortisol levels
    • improved heart and circulatory system
    • improved digestive and respiratory issues
    • reduced anxiety, depression and rumination
    • improved decision-making, motivation, creativity
    • increase in sense of connection with nature, self and others
    • balanced blood sugar
    • boosted immune function through increased production of 'Natural Killer'-NK-cells and anti-cancer proteins, lasting 2-4 weeks

    Fundamentally, it brings our nervous system back into balance, which regulates our hormones and our nervous system, and resets our mind and body functions. Some participants express experiencing emotions they hadn’t allowed themselves to feel recently, and this felt safe, and it passed. Some say how energised they felt, others how sleepy.

    In its simplest form, forest bathing combines the physiological benefits of nature’s presence with the meditative aspects of closely observing without judgement. What we feel as a result is ultimately influenced by what we each need at that point- sleep, energy, creativity, a sense of peace, wonderment. Our minds and bodies will give us what we need, when we allow them space to do so. That’s why we go forest bathing.

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