Meeting point: the large oak tree beyond the field gate into Merrist Wood House grounds.
The healing power of nature is beyond question. Studies show that even living close to
green space or having more trees in your street can increase life expectancy. Forest bathing
is an evidence-based wellbeing activity, involving slow walks under the canopy of trees,
using our senses and curiosity to engage with and appreciate all aspects of nature.
Our Harmony in Nature sessions deliver therapeutic benefits of guided mindfulness
practices with fellow nature lovers in a beautiful setting. You leave soothed, and with ideas
for continuing the benefits.
The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) emphasises sensory and meditative practices along with
research, to create Forest Bathing+, promoting mindfulness and reconnecting us to nature.
Evidence suggests that forest bathing can:
lower blood pressure, decrease stress,
improve cardiovascular and metabolic health,
reduce blood sugar levels, facilitate weight loss,
enhance concentration and memory,
lift depression, reduce anxiety and rumination
enable better pain management,
boost our immune system by increasing the body’s natural killer (NK) cell count,
increase anti-cancer protein production.
How does it differ from a dog walk or stroll in the woods? See our blog https://bit.ly/WhyForestBathe
Katie spent many family holidays outdoors, walking and youth hostelling, often in the Lake District and North Yorkshire Moors, as well as camping, so enjoys nature walks and forest
bathing all year round. She has been on two survival courses and loves foraging. For 30 years she has used natural healthcare for herself and her family, enabling them to be mainly
independent of the mainstream, through nutrition, essential oils, homeopathy and nature time.
She’s been self-employed for much of her working life, which includes teaching, editing, and dance instructing. As well as running sessions through Harmony in Nature, she is a key
instructor in training and assessing forest bathing guides for TFBI since 2020, and helped pioneer forest bathing for the RSPB and National Trust in 2019.