Sun, 25 Sept|
Location is TBD
Autumn Equinox Forest Bathing Celebration
Isabel offers guided nature and forest experiences to help relax, relieve stress and invite joy and pleasure through a sensory connection with the natural world.
Date & Time
25 Sept 2022, 10:30 – 12:30
Location is TBD
About the event
On The Day
Celebrate the Autumn Equinox and the generosity of the season so far. It is time to honour the harvest, start to slow down and look inward. What can we harvest from our own gardens or local landscape? What can we harvest from our efforts and intentions that we set earlier in the year? Take part in a restorative and relaxing Forest Bathing experience and tune in to the rhythms of nature.
The Selkie Collective
We will be providing locally made cake to compliment Isabel's tea ceremony, and to make you feel extra special we'll be giving you some Selkie gifts to help you pamper yourself when you get home.
The Origins of Forest Bathing
‘Shinrin-yoku’ or ‘Forest Bathing’ originated in Japan in the 1980's as a wellness practice for using our senses to connect to the natural world. Forest bathing does not involve any swimming! The idea of ‘bathing’ comes from bathing your senses in the atmosphere of the forest for relaxation and health care. Isabel offers guided nature and forest experiences to help relax, relieve stress and invite joy and pleasure through a sensory connection with the natural world. A forest bathing experience focuses on slowing down, using techniques such as mindfulness and meditation and through a set of invitations, offers ways of using our senses to deepen our connection to the land. There are also opportunities for sharing our experiences as part of the group and expressive arts can be incorporated into the practice through sculpture, writing and poetry activities. A forest bathing experience is not a naturalist walk or a trek, it is an opportunity to use our senses so that we move out of our heads and into our bodies. Forest bathing enables people to tune in to the rhythms and seasons of nature and the experiences are not physically demanding and often finish with a tea ceremony. Forest bathing is an evidence-based practice for preventative healthcare and research has suggested that it can; lower stress and anxiety, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce our stress hormone cortisol, improve sleep and improve cognitive function such as memory and attention. Forest bathing is also a social practice, enabling the community to come together and connect with the local landscape and each other.
Isabel McLeish is an artist and a certified Forest Therapy Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner based in Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands. Isabel is also trained in Emergency Outdoor First Aid and has PVG disclosure.
2 hour Forest Bathing Session.