Forest Bathing in Sussex
Forest Bathing – Retreating into Nature
Forest Bathing is an enjoyable and restorative practice which involves connecting with nature for health and well-being.
Sessions include gentle walking, sitting meditations and ‘invitations’ which are simple, guided practices to help you connect more deeply with yourself and nature.
Research shows that Forest Bathing helps reduce stress and anxiety, lower cortisol levels, reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate, boost immune system function, improve empathy and stimulate creative thinking.
This course will take place outdoors, adhering to Government guidelines and social distance rules. Please see our Covid Protocol document for full details.
The course takes place at Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP.
Relax, Restore, Receive...
These gentle and nurturing days combine:
Valuable self-care tools
Time around the fire
Further information about Forest Bathing
Does it involve swimming?
No. The sometimes confusing name is a translation from the Japanese ‘Shinrin Yoku’. We remain fully clothed (with option to go barefoot) and bathe in the atmosphere of the forest.
Do I need any experience?
No. You’ll be guided through everything.
Do I need any special equipment or clothing?
No. You’ll need to wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather and footwear that can manage uneven ground. As it’s a slow-paced session I suggest bringing an extra layer to be on the safe side. Seating pads are provided for sitting meditations.
Do I need to be fit?
Forest Bathing is a slow-paced walk with some in-situ meditations. It is not a hike. You will need to be fit enough to be outdoors for the session length. There are periods when we are standing still and if this is uncomfortable for you there’s always the option to lean against a tree or sit on the ground. If you have any concerns about health and fitness drop me a line.
Do you forest bathe in all weather?
Almost. Part of the aim and also part of the joy of forest bathing is to engage in nature in her fullness. The woods are rather magical in the rain. Sessions will not run if it’s dangerous to do so- for example in high winds or thunder storms.
Is this a summer only activity?
Sessions run year-round. One of the joys of forest bathing is to witness the changing of the seasons and notice the beauty in all.
Is the session accessible?
It will depend on the session and the route. Please contact us to check as we are often off the beaten track in the woods, with uneven ground the routes may not be suitable for wheelchair access.