This nature connection experience is provided by occupational therapist Bronwyn Paynter and is based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, or forest bathing. It is not about bushwalking or nature identification, or ‘thinking’. It is an opportunity to engage our 5 senses - listening, touching, smelling, tasting and seeing as we allow ourselves to just ‘be’ in nature. The experience involves a series of guided ‘invitations’ to help us connect with nature, calm our busy minds, perhaps be playful and have some fun. The experience is tailored to the needs of the group, which is limited to a maximum of 12 people.
Our location is a private garden which has been generously made available to support the work of connecting people with nature for health and wellbeing as well as for the benefit of nature and our planet.
Nature connection supports the development of sensory awareness, emotional regulation, reducing our 'fight/flight' stress response, boosting our immune system and increasing feelings of creativity, energy and clear thinking. All of these can support our ability to do the things we need, want and have to do every day.
In a world where people of all ages are increasingly disconnected from nature, a deliberate nature-based experience such as this can help us access the wellbeing benefits of nature. This event is suitable for people aged 15 and over.
Where will we meet?
At the dirt car park on the right side of the road just after turning from Mt Barker Road onto Silver Rd.
Will I be safe?
I have a current first aid certificate and will be carrying a first aid kit. The garden is over a valley with some sloping paths and steps. We will be walking very slowly less than 500m and at times may choose to sit or lie on the ground. Please advise any particular health concerns that may be relevant. Please feel free to contact Bronwyn to discuss any concerns on 0412404700.
What should I bring into the event?
Spring weather can be a bit unpredictable so wear or bring appropriate clothing. If sunny then suncream and a shady hat are recommended.
A drink bottle of water, and any particular snacks you may want or require. Snacks provided are typically fruit and nuts. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies please contact the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise prior to the event.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
e-mail email@example.com or phone Bronwyn on 0412404700
What's the refund policy?
The event will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather or safety hazards e.g., thunderstorms or a fire ban rated severe or above or the weather forecast from Adelaide (Bureau of Meteorology) is 38 degrees C or above. Participants will be advised of cancellation by text message or you can call Bronwyn on 0412404700 to check. If the event is cancelled a full refund will be provided. If you are unable to attend the event and cancel via the Eventbrite process a full refund will be available up to 1 day prior to the event.
To book, click here https://natureconnectionadelaide.eventbrite.com.au