About Nature Therapy Walks

Our leisurely Nature Therapy walks are carried out in Surrey Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the county.

Nature Therapy, as defined and practiced by Holistic Healing Therapy, is a type of relaxation involving spending time in nature to promote health and well-being. We combine different practices including mindfulness, grounding, and natural aromatherapy; using short exercises we also encourage the development and use of various senses. We aim to give you an opportunity to stop and look at life from a larger perspective. We have been inspired by forest bathing, currently widely practiced for its therapeutic properties in Japan and the USA.

In Japan, a forest bathing trip is called Shinrin-yoku.

bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto

bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto

“A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in (wood essential oils). Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_bathing

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in nature include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle. You can read more about the benefits of Nature Therapy on our website www.holistichealingtherapy.co.uk.

We are very fortunate to be working in co-operation with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

forest surrey wildlife“Surrey Wildlife Trust currently manages 82 sites, together covering almost 8,000ha, which is 5% of the land area of the county. We also work with many partners and other landowners to advise on land management for conservation, with particular emphasis on woodland, wetlands, and heathland.” http://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/

About Our Experience with Nature Therapy

Gary and Olga have travelled extensively visiting ancient sites and forests, from their studies of indigenous wisdom they have come to understand that something vital has been missed from modern educational systems. Where was our education on emotional health and well-being? How should we handle stress when life takes an unexpected turn? Most of us have no idea what to do. To find useful and helpful tools, we have to look to other cultures and times long past.

What to Expect

Newlands CornerWe will start with an introduction: who we are, what we do, and give simple tips for the session ahead. We will also show you the facilities available on site.

We will take a walk around the site and then gather to start some simple relaxation exercises, these will involve breathing exercises, aimed at calming your breath and bringing mindfulness to your senses.

We will then do a guided grounding meditation. Our walk will include different exercises to sharpen your senses to make you more aware of your surroundings. Please note, the exercises will be aimed at sensual experiences rather than intellectual understanding – we want you to learn about the environment with your senses rather than with your mind! We will work on sharpening the sense of smell, hearing, touch, and sight.

The rest of the walk will be in silence – we call it a “mindful walk.”  There are many benefits to mindful walking, including, by playing the part of the observer you will notice a lot more wildlife, as this is a quiet exercise, animals, and birds will not be scared away by human voices.

To finish, we will walk back to where we started; we will sit down undercover, which will provide us an opportunity to discuss our experiences. Gary and Olga will be available for any questions, and will also provide details for future events.

Throughout the 3 hour walk, you will be supervised by Gary and Olga, who will do their best to give you as much attention as possible, and take the best care of you. After some of the exercises, we will join in a group to briefly discuss our experiences, which will help us learn from each other and, maybe, notice something new about ourselves.

Book Your Place

You can see more information about our events and book your place below:

Nature Therapy Walks in Surrey

Walton-on-Thames, GB
443 Nature Walkers

Our leisurely Nature Therapy walks are carried out in Surrey Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the county.Our group is for anyone interested in the healing power of natur…

Next Meetup

Nature Therapy Walk: Newlands Corner Guildford

Saturday, Sep 2, 2017, 2:00 PM
5 Attending

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You can also join our Facebook group here.

Contact us using the Contact us Form on Contact us page, or by calling us on 01932 880 712 – we will be happy to answer any of your questions!

Hope to see you at the events!

Testimonials

You can read all of the reviews for our Nature Therapy Walks here:

It was a really rare opportunity to come together with people who had the same appreciation for nature and mindfulness to spend several hours in a beautiful, tranquil setting- it was a unique event. At the end I felt serene and refreshed- I’m really glad I attended the event, and glad to have made connections with people. The sense of peace I got at the end gave me clarity- I was able to see how frenetic and crazy our daily lives have become, and how crazy the world is. This event was a lovely ‘pause’, wonderful ‘time out’! Gary and Olga, your experience and knowledge really came across, the pace was lovely and relaxing- no sense of hurrying the group along in any way. Length of session perfect, not too long, not too short- that said, I could have easily continued for another hour or so!! 😉 I’ve always loved being in woods and forests, and thanks to you I’ve now learned of the existence of Forest Bathing, which is great! Thanks for starting nature therapy walks- brilliant idea! 

Emma Randallon Mar 16, 2017, taken from our Meetup group review page

 

Although the system says I’ve attended only one Nature Therapy Walk to Newlands Corner on the 1st October 2016, I’ve actually also attended a Bay Pond (Godstone) walk on 20th August. I enjoyed both walks, the mindful meditations and the exercises to connect better with nature. 

— Joanna Bristow-Watkins on Apr 24, 2017, taken from our Meetup group review page

 

 This was an incredible experience. Our hosts were wonderful, welcoming, kind, authentic people. The afternoon was such a unique and special experience, heightening our senses amongst beautiful trees in a captivating environment. Our group were a lovely bunch of people it was a pleasure to share the experience with. Thank You! 

— Anna on Jul 30, 2017, taken from our Meetup group review page

Learn More About Nature Therapy and Our Nature Walks

You can learn more about Nature Therapy here;

about history behind Nature Therapy here;

about science behind Nature Therapy here;

about our private Nature Therapy Walks here.