With restrictions easing Forest Bathing is returning to a woodland local to you. With sites in and around Hampshire and Berkshire Sonya Dibbin, owner of Adore Your Outdoors https://adoreyouroutdoors.co.uk is pleased to be outside again and add Micheldever Woods to her portfolio. Experience the wonders of Spring and the gift of Mother Nature by spending quality immersive time outdoors.
Forest bathing, also known as the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku, involves immersing yourself in nature to relax, reflect and recharge. Nature captivates your senses, and by removing today’s technology and with it the constant chatter inside your head, you start to slow down and develop an appreciation for the little things that often get missed in our fast paced lives.
This compassion with nature leads to a deeper understanding of yourself and your close relationships, enabling you to strip back the protective layers that have built up over the past difficult months. Strengthening relationships beyond the surface level in this way, helps to create more lasting bonds within families, friendship groups or even teams of colleagues.
Sonya Dibbin laughs when she says ‘In Forest Bathing there are no baths involved, so you can most certainly keep your clothes on!’ She goes on to say ‘we’ve all suffered from the most recent lockdown, being stuck inside within the same 4 walls during the dark winter months. We probably all benefitted from a lunchtime stroll, a weekend walk, or simply getting outside in the garden but nature connection takes it a step further. It is proven to result in sustained increases in health and happiness, a more pro-environmental behaviour and is just waiting to be discovered’.
During lockdown Sonya had to take her Forest Bathing sessions online by running virtual groups in back gardens. With the easing of restrictions and the health benefits of being outside Adore your Outdoors will be back running small, COVID compliant, groups for work teams or for groups of families or friends looking for new experiences.
Adore Your Outdoors will be holding a free Forest Bathing walk on 12 May in Newbury as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and book as spaces will be limited.