THE BENEFITS OF TREES
Forest immersion therapy and forest bathing have become increasingly popular, and the benefits of spending time with trees and in woods and forests have been well documented.
Living in the Forest of Dean I have first hand experience of this and am fortunate to spend time with trees (almost) daily and highly recommend ‘tree therapy’ and fresh air for anyone feeling depressed or anxious, but also as part of am ongoing preventative Health & Wellbeing programme.
I offer walk and talk coaching sessions – for 1, 1.5 or 2 hours at a time – where we can discuss anything that’s on your mind, whilst also taking in the beautiful scenery in the Forest of Dean. There are a wide range of location and scenery options – depending on where you are based and what you are looking for.
I also lead a number of authorised Forest of Dean exploration walks for individuals, pairs and small or large groups. I know many wonderful places, both on and off the beaten track, and can take groups of up to 12 at a time, with no limits on age nor ability. I have an enhanced DBS check in place and am disabled friendly.
I have been on and guided many mindfulness walks and they are always magical experiences in the Forest of Dean.
As a qualified teacher of mindfulness and stress management, I combine simple and effective techniques with walking and ‘sitting’ in the forest. It is extremely nurturing for body, mind and soul and can be a lovely activity 1:1 or for a group of friends, family or colleagues looking for shared experiences or to learn a new skill together.
We will use our senses to bring us back to the present moment, and the beauty of the trees and natural environment to ground and centre us in the here and now. You will be given plenty of time to practice the various tools and techniques so you will really learn something that you can take away – as well as having a great experience on the day.
I have hand-selected some incredible locations ‘off the beaten track’ where you will get to meet Giant Redwood trees, alongside ancient Yews and magnificent Oaks & Beech. I also lead trips to visit private Scowles – a geological feature that is unique to the Forest of Dean.
Accessible routes are available, and some are more challenging in parts – although the mindfulness walks are not a ‘hike’ by any means and aren’t about physical exertion or covering distance. Depending on you and your group, and the time available, the walk itself may not even be that long. Sessions last between 1 and 2 hours.
These activities are suitable for all ages and abilities and can be arranged 1:1 or for up to 12 people.
Contact me for further information / with potential dates.
N.B. Once a booking is made, if the weather is inclement, I am happy to rearrange if possible (although rain can add a lovely element to the experience – providing you have the right gear!)