General Forest Bathing+ Information - see below for small group sessions
Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health.
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.
Join us for an inspirational Forest Bathing+ session in local ancient woodlands. 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 sessions available from £150. Please enquire for bespoke corporate sessions.
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 and reconnects your body and soul to nature. Evidence suggests that Forest Bathing + can:
- lower blood pressure,
- decrease stress,
- improve cardiovascular and metabolic health,
- reduce blood-sugar levels,
- enhance concentration and memory,
- lift depression,
- lead to better pain management,
- increase energy,
- boost the immune system by increasing the body’s natural killer (NK) cell count,
- increases anti-cancer protein production,
- facilitate weight loss.
Joanna'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 sudenly 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 from £150 for 2 hours.
For more details about Forest Bathing:-
See my 8.5 minute chat with Fiona Mason of Cuppa Time
See Emma Reed's reaction after her Forest Bathing+ Session with Joanna
Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea, Shere, Surrey.
Image, right, shows 'treelaxation' at Harry Edwards
We have a current price charge of £35 (plus Eventbrite admin fee) to reflect the sessions are currently offered for 3 hours.
We will take you on a mindful, sensory journey through the beautiful woodland at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, deep in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Forest Bathing+ is based on the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku and involves a slow exploration of nature through your senses. Not only is this calming and relaxing but it also has well documented therapeutic benefits.
Forest Bathing+ has been scientifically proven to have beneficial effects, including stress reduction. You can learn more about the practice and benefits on the Forest Bathing Institute website.
This session will be a small group of up to 10* participants plus Forest Bathing+ guide/s.
We will be upholding all Covid-19 Government guidance with regard to the health and safety of our Guides and participants during the entire session. *These sessions are exempt from 6 person restrictions, and have been keeping numbers at 10 to allow for adequate social distancing. Due to Lockdown announced 4th January, the sessions which were scheduled for 6th January - 15th February are cancelled.
When you have booked your session, your guide will send you forms to complete by email, as well as further instructions for the session.
PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCEPT YOU ON THE SESSION UNLESS YOU HAVE RETURNED YOUR FORM IN ADVANCE.
We look forward to welcoming you to Forest Bathing+.
The dates/times listed below are scheduled to be when Joanna is the nominated FB+ Guide on the rota, although if we have enough interest to run more than one group at the designated time, another FB+ Guide may be on duty. Various other TFBI Forest Bathing+ guides are offering two hour sessions at Newlands Corner from September.
Events at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Shere (near Guildford); see below for dates/times and booking links (these are not just for Joanna's sessions). These are 3 hour Forest Bathing+ session (switchng to 2 hours from October) which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Cost is £35 plus Eventbrite fee = £38.32.
*Cost is £35 for 3 hours plus Eventbrite fee = £38.32, cost is £25 for 2 hours plus Eventbrite fee = £27.54
We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the beautiful woodland of Newlands Corner, part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 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.
This session will be calming and relaxing and FB+ has scientifically proven beneficial therapeutic effects. You can learn more about the practice on our website www.tfb.institute.
Our Forest Bathing+ route at Newlands Corner takes us through mixed woodland including oak, yew and birch. If time, we like to visit a grove of ancient Yews whose girth suggests ages of 500+ to more than 1000, on the northern wooded slope.
Your guide will share many interesting facts, for example, how trees communicate and the role they can play in our strengthening our immune system.
This session will be a small group of up to 10 participants plus a Forest Bathing+ guide. Image of a stately oak tree, taken at Newlands Corner since lockdown.
Due to Social distancing and additional Health and Safety considerations you will be required to complete and return the registration form in advance, so look out for the welcome email from your guide a few days before the event.
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID SAFETY MEASURES FAILURE TO COMPLETE / RETURN ALL FORMS AND COMPLY WITH SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS MAY AFFECT OUR ABILITY TO ALLOW YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT.
Frequently Joanna and Katie both attend the sessions, however allocated lead guide dates are as follows: -
3 Hour sessions
Thursday 22nd July - nominated guide = Joanna, £35*, 10-30-13.30 (book at Eventbrite)
Sunday 8th August - nominated guide = Katie, £35, 10.30-13.30 (book at Eventbrite)
Sunday 5th September - nominated guide = Katie, £35, 10.30-13.30 (book at Eventbrite)
Saturday 2nd October - nominated guide = Katie, £35, 10.30-13.30 (book at Eventbrite)
2 Hour sessions
Saturday 30th October - - nominated guide = Joanna, £25*, 10-30-12.30 (book at Eventbrite)
Saturday 27th November - nominated guide = Katie, £25, 10.30-12.30 (book at Eventbrite)
Saturday 4th December - nominated guide = Katie, £25, 10.30-12.30 (book at Eventbrite)
*Cost is £35 for 3 hours plus Eventbrite fee = £38.32, cost is £25 for 2 hours plus Eventbrite fee = £27.54