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Joanna Bristow Watkins

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 £35 (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

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

Joanna's Meetups

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What is Meetup?

Meetup, which began in the USA, is an international network of local communities that meet offline about their shared interests and passions.

The Meetup website and phone App acts as an infrastructure for like-minded people in the same geographcal area to get together and network, socialise, share experiences and learn together.

The Meetup website claims: from book clubs to craft brewery crawls to coding workshops, we help people do more of what matters to them—inspiring and impacting millions of lives.

It doesn't cost anything to register on the Meet-up website and you will be asked to create a brief profile, identify the geographical area where you would like to meet up with people and 'tag' areas of interest to you.

Meetup will then flag up groups that closely correspond with your requirements.  There is no monetary fee for a member to join a group (membership will ensure they are informed when a new event is uploaded by that group) but there may well be an attendance fee to the meetings.

It's also possible to set-up your own Meetup group(s) - which Joanna has done - and there is no administration charge until there are at least 50 members to your group.  Because they are being flagged up to interested members who match your target audience, this could happen quite quickly but this doesn't guarantee attendance to your events as people will need to be interested in the meeting topic and available in order to commit.

Once a group has 50 members, there is a six-monthly licence fee, as at August 2018 this fee is around £79, making a total annual fee of £158.  Whilst there is no hard and fast rule on charging for attendance to the events, as there is likely to be a licensing fee, venue hire charges and sometimes speaker/presenter fees, many organisers do charge an entrance fee.

Register or log in to Meetup here

Joanna's Meetups

Joanna Bristow-Watkins is Organiser for two Meetups in the London and Surrey area. Generally for a standard Meetup, Joanna charges a flat fee of £15 to cover advertising, licensing, venue and other event costs.  If it is a full training course, or other longer event where the venue fee will be higher, and where a trainer/presenter fee, course notes is supplied and/or certification may be involved, the costs will be higher.  This will be clearly stated on the event page.

Joanna's Harmony Healing, Harmony in Nature & Forest Bathing (separate Groups for Surrey & London):

The two Meet-ups are for therapists, energy healers and nature fans who want to meet with other like-minded people and collaborate together.

We are offering opportunities to expand members' knowledge of energy healing techniques and enhance personal wellbeing.

We will be running physical and virtual events to connect with nature in various ways, especially through forest bathing, mindfulness in outdoor spaces (gardens and natural beauty spots), monthly Full Moon Guided meditations (online) and occasional lunar cycle moon connection initiatives.

Whilst we are still experiencing the follow-on to lockdown restrictions, both meet-ups are offering some remote sessions via Zoom, but Forest Bathing and Harmony in Nature therapy sessions are in Surrey or London locations respectively. Please click on the relevant link(s) below to join either the Surrey or London Forest Bathing ventures or all three groups (the third Meet-up having an emphasis on angels and healing energies). 

Harmony Healing, Harmony in Nature & Forest Bathing, Surrey

Harmony Healing, Harmony in Nature & Forest Bathing, London

London Angels, Nature and Wellbeing Networking

Joanna believes that our predecessors saw Angels and Deities (both Goddesses and Gods) as manifestations of Nature. For more about her background, see About Joanna on her Harmony Healing website.

This Meetup is dedicated to helping us align more closely with nature through various celestial intermediaries but will also allow for the discussion and demonstration of other complementary wellbeing 'tools' which help to connect us to nature, such as alchemy, crystals, sound, breathwork, networking, sharing and talking therapies.  Joanna believes that a portfolio of approaches allows for a more flexible and personalised toolkit for members to improve their wellbeing from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective. 

Joanna is an authority on Ancient Egyptian Alchemy.  As many of you may know, Ancient Egypt was known to the local inhabitants as Khem (or Khemit/Khemet), so Joanna favours the description 'Khemitian Deities'. 

Interestingly, the Khemitian names for their Deities was Neter/Ntr (spelled either way 'phonetically' as heiroglyphs did not include vowels) with the plural being Neteru.  Joanna believes that our word nature is derived from this.  

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops


New Moon New Vision - £177
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Starts 29th January 2025
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20
7.30-9.30pm UK timings
Saturday 24th February
No live meditation Monday 25 March*
Tuesday 23rd April (Supermoon)
Thursday 23rd May
Friday 21st June (Solstice Full Moon)

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(online courses are UK timings)
Level 1 including attunement

30th Nov, 6th &19th Dec
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted

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

Mindful Chakra Alignment- £66
(online courses are UK timings)

And reconnect with the Earth & Sky

Feb/March 2024
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (GMT/UT)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted

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

Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(online courses are UK timings)

Feb/March 2024
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted

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

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
(online courses are UK timings)
4½ hour course - £66

Thurs 19th Oct & 9th Nov
4½ hrs, 2 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted

Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1

Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing Events
For dates, costs and locations of our
Forest Bathing Events, see
Harmony Shop Forest Bathing

New Meditations Since 2020:

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

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

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

RSE 2 available as modular units
cost is £330

The following are on hold since lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction

Next 2-day Course: TBA
A modular version is available (£266)
as separate units taught virtually 

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

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


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