Winter Solstice Forest Bathing
Time & Location
About the event
Winter Solstice Forest Bathing Celebration
Celebrate the Winter Solstice and honour the nurturing darkness. The darkness of winter reminds us to rest, retreat, reflect and restore. In the quiet of this season, we can set intentions for the new year coming. Where will we direct our energy as the days become longer? How can we mark the end of the year, the coming of new and the rebirth of light?
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.
Isabel McLeish is an artist and a certified Forest Therapy Guide and Forest Therapy
Practitioner. She is based in Lochalsh, within the Wester Ross Biosphere and offers guided
experiences and creative workshops throughout the Highlands and beyond. Isabel often
facilitates sessions that are informed by the astronomical calendar, the earth festivals and
the lunar calendar to help deepen our connection to the rhythms of nature. She is
passionate about supporting health and wellbeing through green activities and creating
spaces where people can come together to slow down, tune-in, share ideas and celebrate
our local landscape.
What is 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.
- Winter Solstice Forest Bathing£38£380£0