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Joanna Bristow Watkins

General Forest Bathing+ Information - see below for small group sessions

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 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+

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.

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 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

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/

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Treelaxation at Harry Edwards Healing SanctuaryForthcoming sessions

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.

Harry Edwards 2021
Sunday 18th July, 11-2, £35* (book at Eventbrite)
Sunday 15th August, 11-2, £35* (book at Eventbrite)
Sunday 19th September, 11-2, £35* (book at Eventbrite)
Sunday 17th October, 11-2, £35* ((book at Eventbrite)
Saturday 13th November, 11-2, £25* (book at Eventbrite)
Saturday 11th December, 11-1, £25* ((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

Newlands Corner

Jo NC 27 5 21 1We 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

Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

New Moon New Vision - £155
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Wed 6th Oct - Thur 4th Nov
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20

No Full Moon Meditation in August
Monday 20th September, 7.30-9.30pm

Held remotely on Zoom

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(£44 for RSE Graduates) 

Level 1 including attunement

Tuesdays 21st & 28th September & 5th October
6¾ hours split, 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)


Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Mindful Chakra Alignment- £66
And reconnect with the Earth & Sky

Tuesdays 12th, 19th & 26th October
6¾ hours, split 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time).


Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(£44 for RSE Graduates) 

Tuesdays 20th & 27th July & 3rd Aug,
6¾ hours split, 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time).
(Week 1 recording from 20th July available)


Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
4½ hour course - £66
Tuesdays 10th & 17th August
Split 2 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)

Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1

Held remotely on Zoom

Advance notice:
Virtual Healing Circle - £20
Friday 23rd July, 7.30-9.30pm
Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing+ Newlands Corner
3hour sessions for 5-10 & Guide(s)
With COVID precautions observed
Joanna works with a rota of FB+Guides,
Katie's session is
Saturday 8th August, 10.30-1.30pm

£35 each (+Eventbrite fee) booking link

Forest Bathing+ Harry Edwards
3 hour sessions for 5-10 & Guide(s)
With COVID precautions observed
Sunday 15th August, 11am-2pm
£35 each (+Eventbrite fee) booking link

New Meditations Since Lockdown

555 Spiritual Expansion Meditation
MP3 555 Numerology for 2021
Created for 5th, 14th & 21st May

Chakra Balancing & Global Healing
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

Unity Consciousness plus Axiatonal Alignment
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

The following are on hold during lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction
Next 2-day Course: TBA
A modular version is available (£266)
as separate units taught virtually 

RSE 2 available as modular units
cost is £330

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £500
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Next 3-day Course: TBA
Withdrawn during Covid restrictions
But a modular version of RSE 1 is 
available as units taught virtually

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