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

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

Newands Corner

Forest Bathing+ involves a two-three hour immersive experience (depending on the season), ideally within ancient woodland such as Newlands Corner, Guildford (shown above) or semi-ancient woodlands such as the grounds of the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary near the picturesque Surrey village of Shere.

Forest Bathing is an elementary practice (children instinctively enjoy nature this way) which can elicit surprisingly positive reactions. In a nutshell, it can be described as mindful time spent under the canopy of trees, using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged; Japanese research found positive evidence that essential wood oils help boost our immune system.

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

Joanna has undertaken Forest Bathing+ (FB+) Guide training with The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) and works with a team of other TFBI qualified FB+ Guides. Whilst my events are detailed below, all of the FB+ Guides in the team offer excellent sessions and at a variety of locations, see The Forest Bathing Institute Event listing for all the options (including my public events).  We even have free case study events run by trainee guides as part of their rigorous training prgramme.

During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. Whilst this might sound intimidating, in practice participants love it! If you have ever wondered about the healing benefits of nature, this session should give you a chance to experience it for yourself. To get a better idea of what to expect, please see the Facebook videos below.

This session will be a small group of up to 10 participants plus Forest Bathing+ guide/s.

We are exempt from the Rule of 6 as we are classified as outdoor sport and exercise. 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.This has not impacted much on the session as we encourage walking independently in order to remain mindful. Due to the small group size, currently session are £32.93 including the Eventbrite admin fee.

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 £25 (plus Eventbrite admin fee) to reflect the smaller number and the sessions are currently offered for 2 hours only.

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 2 hour Winter Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Cost is £25 plus Eventbrite fee = £27.54.

Harry Edwards 2021
 
Saturday 20th February, 11-1, £25* (bookable here at Eventbrite)
Saturday 20th March, 11-1.30, £30*  (bookable here at Eventbrite)

*Cost is £25 for 2 hours plus Eventbrite fee = £27.54 and £30 for 2½ hours plus Eventbrite fee = £32.93

IMG 6641Newlands Corner

We will take you on a 2½ hour winter 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. We will 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 taken at Newlands Corner since lockdown, the two ladies standing together are from the same social bubble.

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.

Dates for 2021, mostly awaiting Eventbrite booking links

Thursday 25th February - Joanna as nominated guide with Katie as back-up, £25*, 10-30-12.30  (bookable at Eventbrite)
Thursday 11th March - Katie as nominated guide with Joanna as back-up, £25*, 11 - 1pm (bookable at Eventbrite)
Thursday 18th March - Joanna as nominated guide with Katie as back-up, £30*, 10.30 - 1pm (bookable at Eventbrite)
Saturday 27th March - Katie as nominated guide with Joanna as back-up, £30*, 10.30 - 1pm (bookable at Eventbrite)

*Cost is £25 for 2 hours plus Eventbrite fee = £27.54 and £30 for 2½ hours plus Eventbrite fee = £32.93

Please note that any of the above sessions must be booked as a pre-event briefing and documentation needs to be completed. Please email me on  so I can send through full details. 

Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Moon Alignment Programme - £155
Awaken Your Spirit & Rejuvenate
Group Mentoring Programme
Mon 12th April - Tues 11th May
Held remotely on Zoom

Virtual Healing Circle - £22
Sunday 28th March, 7.30-9.30pm
Held remotely on Zoom

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

Level 1 including attunement
Tuesdays 16th February - 2nd Mar
6¾ hours, 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)
Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

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

Thursdays 18th February - 4th Mar
6¾ hours, split 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)
Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
4½ hour course - £66
Tuesdays 16th & 23rd March
Split 2 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)
Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Mindful Chakra Alignment - £66
And reconnect with the Earth & Sky
Thursdays 11th, 18th & 25th March
6¾ hours, split 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)
Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Advance notice:
Virtual Healing Circle - £22
Monday 26th April, 7.30-9.30pm
Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing+ Harry Edwards
2 hour sessions for 10 + Guide(s)
With COVID precautions observed
Saturday 20th February, 11am-1pm
£25 each (+Eventbrite fee) booking link

Forest Bathing+ Newlands Corner
2½  hour sessions for 10 + Guide(s)
With COVID precautions observed
Joanna works with a rota of FB+Guides,
her next session is as follows:
Thurs 25th February, 10.30am-12.30pm
£25 each (+Eventbrite fee) booking link 

New Meditations Since Lockdown

Chakra Balancing & Global Healing
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers
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Click here to pay £4.44 by Paypal

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