4x Forest Bathing Day Experience in 4 Seasons: Connecting with seasonal changes in nature and in ourselves
In cooperation with Utrechts Landschap, who is protecting the forest areas in Utrecht province, Way Back Home is now organizing a series of Shinrin-yoku Day experiences. A day with Forest Bathing is a day full of ultimate stillness in nature where you can easily relax, recharge your batteries, improve your moods and concentration, boost your immune system functioning by breathing in the phytoncides, experience living in the here and now, slow down the stream of habitual thinking, get new insights, get creative and then leave with a big smile on your way back home. You can read more about forest bathing and its benefits here. The Forest Bathing Day Experience is being organized on Sundays, under guidance of a professional Shinrin-yoku guide certified by ANFT.
Forest Bathing Day Program
11.00-13.30 Guided Shinrin-yoku forest walk*
13.30-14.30 Forest tea & simple lunch in the forest
14.30-16.30 Guided Creative forest walk**
16.30- Closing the forets bathing day
*During the first Shinrin-yoku forest walk, we’ll dive into the forest and experience living in the here and now. Along the walk in the beautiful forest of Landgoed Heidestein, the participants will be invited to do a few activities. These help to slow down your pace and the stream of habitual thinking, to pay attention to the sensory perceptions and to re-connect with nature and with ourselves. Between the activities, we’ll gather in a listening circle (council). Everyone can share their experience with the group, if they like. Sharing is not mandatory, as silence is also a very powerful way of sharing. The person who is talking, is talking spontaneously from the heart and the rest of the group is listening in a non-judgmental way. **After the initial Shinrin-yoku walk, all our 12+ senses will be sharper and more open. We’ll feel more relaxed and connected end this will make us more receptive and open to spontaneous inspiration from the nature and creative insights and ideas. We’ll express these during the creative forest walk. Based on the natural environment, weather and group dynamics. The guide will suggest a few creative activities with natural materials. The focus is not the result, but the process, the here and now end the symbolic value of whatever each one of us will create for themselves. It can easily happen that we’ll get into the playful and creative flow that we’ll feel like time doesn’t exist. What a freedom, in this modern world! We’ll also share our experience with each other. Sharing is never mandatory end everything is welcome!
The package consists of 4 Forest Bathing Days spread over the entire year. You choose when you walk, by just letting me know which Sunday you'd like to join. Each Forest Bathing Day is very different and unique due to the changes in nature, seasons, weather and light conditions, trails we walk, the participants, the activities and ourselves.
Four Forest Bathing Days in four SeasonsSince we are part of nature and the natural processes and seasons influence us, it's a beautiful experience to do a day of forest bathing in each of the four seasons. This allows us to observe and reflect upon the changes in nature and in our own lives. To do this, you can subscribe for a package of 4 x Forest Bathing Days. That way, you can sign up for a day of Shinrin-yoku in each of the four seasons, choosing one of the Sunday walks on a date that suits you. You can go once in every season, but of course, you can also do several walks in your favorite season. Like during our walks, nothing is mandatory and everything is welcome.
For the Forest Bathing Days, we use several trails of the natural area of Landgoed Heidestein in Zeist. Meeting point: Parking at the entrance to Landgoed Heidestein, Prinses Margrietlaan 369 in Zeist.
What to take & weather
It's good to have a rain jacket / coat with you in every season, and of course warm clothes in the winter. I advise comfortable shoes for easy trails and a water bottle.
The min. amount of participants for a Forest Bathing Day to take place is three persons. Due to water conditions, we might postpone the Day to another date. In that case, I'll contact you with alternative dates to choose from.
Feedback from participants
"Forest therapy is a relaxed way of reconnecting with nature and your (deeper) self. It’s a necessity for everyone…especially in these times."
"I came to connect with nature and possibly meet nice people. Both happened in abundance."
“I felt considerably more peaceful, less physically tense, and I noticed a sharpening and richening of my perceptions. I have noticed that I am thinking less agitatedly. It is a wonderful gift to be able to slow down and connect to nature. We were guided through the activities very gently and clearly, which helped a lot.”
"I felt very refreshed and energized after the walk. Much calmer and happier than before."
"This was an amazing activity and to me also a way to forget all my daily worries and tasks. I realized I really need to find more time to relax this way in my daily life."
Katerina is founder at Way Back Home and Forest Therapy guide trained and certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. With Way Back Home, she is facilitating Shinrin-yoku walks, workshops and retreats. Her passion and element is to help people slow down and find inner peace and stillness, while creating an enjoyable and inspiring atmosphere in the group, so that participants can connect to nature, their deeper self and others. In her guiding, she combines techniques of fore...
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