This nature connection event delivered by an occupational therapist is an opportunity to experience a version of Forest Bathing inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Forest Bathing 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 guided ‘invitations’ to help us connect with nature, calm our busy minds, perhaps be playful and have some fun and is tailored to the needs of the group.
Nature connection supports the development of sensory awareness, physical skills, emotional regulation and connecting with others in a group - plus many other benefits. 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 is the first Forest Bathing event at this beautiful private sanctuary that is protected by a Heritage agreement to protect the native vegetation. The property has the Finnis river with permanent flowing water and many rare species of plants and birds. It is indeed a sanctuary from the urban environment and a treat for the senses.
This walk is offered for FREE to you in exchange for allowing a film crew from the ABC television show ‘Gardening Australia’ to film our walk for a segment on Forest Bathing. The walk will be conducted as a ‘normal walk’ with parts of the walk filmed.
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