Forest Bathing Day – 7th May Hebden Bridge
Spending time among trees makes us feel good. But did you know that there are scientifically proven reasons which explain why forest bathing (‘shinrin-yoku’ in Japanese) is so good for you?
During the 1980s, the Japanese government conducted research into why spending time in forests was beneficial. They concluded that focused time spent in a forest offered a range of benefits including improved blood pressure, concentration and memory.
They also discovered that time spent in a forest exposes us to something called ‘phytoncides’. These are chemicals naturally produced by trees which have an immune-boosting effect on our bodies.
Be With The Landscape
When we slow down we see that there is so much going on ‘in the moment.’ This day retreat will bring you that experience – together we will walk within woods, sit in relaxed contemplation, slow down and experience the woodland as never before – literally breathing it in.
For a chance to deeply relax and let go, join me in beautiful woodland near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire for what will be a nourishing day.
Forest Bathing Day
Foraging and Grounding Day Workshop – 5th June
Connect with plants, place and the roots of experience.
On this one day workshop, join me and foraging instructor Leonie Morris to connect with traditionally used plants in a beautiful, supportive woodland setting, near Hebden Bridge.
Learn about plants, how we can use them for our well being and for food, whilst connecting more deeply with those plants and their setting through natural mindful practices.
This is a way to experience foraging and the plants themselves as our ancestors may have – with gratitude and reverence, taking into account our roots as farmers and foragers, who relied upon their appearance for both sustenance and maintenance of the wider eco system.
On this day we’ll allow ourselves to really connect with the plants, to sit with them and find which speak to us, opening up to the possibility of a deeper connection with the surrounding woodland, opening senses and, altogether, giving a fulfilling, grounding and connecting experience.
The day will include:
-Mindful breathing exercises
-Quiet solo reflection time
-Tasting wild plants and getting ideas about how to cook them
-Learning about plant folklore and medicinal uses
-Slowing down and noticing
Foraging and Grounding
Weekend Retreat 8, 9, 10 July Hebden Bridge
This is one for those of you looking to go a little deeper into nature connection.
A retreat over three days near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, limited to 6 places only.
This will be a camping only (tent, bivvy or hammock) weekend, with full immersion in the outdoors.
Phones will be off (I’ll be the emergency contact) and you’ll have the opportunity to get away from the stresses and distractions of your everyday life.
There will be nourishing food, including locally grown produce – communally cooked and hearty conversation and sharing around the camp fire. The space will be held for you to explore what you feel will bring you closer to and change your relationship with the natural world. This starts by bringing you into a relaxed frame of mind, with grounding and connecting practices.
The key part of this weekend will be the ‘solo time’ – an opportunity to be alone in a spot of your choosing, where you feel safe, for a prolonged amount of time. This is an opportunity to slow down enough to perceive what’s happening around you in a new way and begin to develop a more wonder-full and child-like your relationship with the natural world. Solo time is a practice very likely used by our ancestors to mark rites of passage or some other significant event and it could also have this function for you.
The weekend will leave you feeling relaxed, connected and being more in a place of union with natural surroundings – closer to your nature.
Camping and all meals included
Weekend Nature Retreat 8, 9, 10 July
Starts 12pm on the Friday, finishes 2pm on the Sunday