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Forest Bathing at Belair

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Belair National Park

Gate 13

Sheoak Road

Crafers West, SA 5152

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‘When we remove ourselves from the busyness, slow down and tune into the natural environment answers emerge.’

About this event

Nature is the therapist.

Guides help to open the doors.

Forest bathing (also known as nature therapy or shinrin yoku) combines the benefits of embodied practices with mindfulness, and the benefits of psychology and social connection - all in a natural setting. It is an evidence-based practice of immersing ourselves in a natural environment, for the widespread health benefits it brings.

With a focus on slowing down and awakening the senses, this restorative practice involves a series of guided invitations to help relax, slow down, become present and make contact with nature. The experience invites room for listening, healing and reflection, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all the senses, in a non-judgmental setting.

Simply being out in nature provides a healing, grounded and connective experience. The practice of forest bathing fosters a deeper more intentional connection with nature and ourselves.

A qualified guide combines all these elements and ensure the experience is safe, supported and inspiring. It is very low impact, and not strenuous hiking. Each experience lasts 2.5 - 3 hours but we not go more than a kilometre. This event is suitable for people aged 16 and over.

If you are overwhelmed by the noise and 'busyness' of modern life, then come along to destress, relax, restore and reconnect.

Benefits

Research shows that there are many important benefits from experiencing nature, whether incidental or intentional, for mental, physical and social health – our general wellbeing. Benefits include: boosting the immune system, improving mood, decreasing blood pressure, inflammation and blood sugar, restoring attention, reducing headaches, reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue, which contribute to improved sleep and much more.

Like other restorative practices, the benefits of this practice are enhanced and deepened through regular practice.

About me

My name is Alex Gaut and I was the first certified 'Forest Therapy Guide' in South Australia, with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.

I have just submitted a Masters Research thesis in environmental psychology, specialising in nature and wellbeing. I have a background in education and environmental conservation, and am a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation. I am also a trained first aider.

I believe that nature connection is a positive pathway to wellbeing for both people and planet.

Cost

I provide these sessions for free because I think this work is needed in the world and the gift economy is becoming more important than ever. However, I also know that there is value in this work. I invite you to consider how much this session might cost and then donate that amount to one of the following environmental charities or to a charity of your choice:

FAQs

What if the weather is too hot/cold/wet?

It is important to be comfortable during these experiences, so sessions will be cancelled via email if the temperature is forecast to be 30°C or above on the day before the event, or if the weather forecast is too severe in any other way. An email confirmation will be sent the day before to confirm whether or not the event will go ahead.

What are the transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Unfortunately there is no public transport option to this location. There is free parking and park entry if you park at Gate 13, where we will be meeting.

What do I bring to the event?

Weather appropriate clothing and shoes. I recommend closed shoes because the paths are quite gravelly but if you prefer open shoes, feel free.

Sun smart gear and water. Some snacks if you wish.

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Belair National Park

Gate 13

Sheoak Road

Crafers West, SA 5152

Australia

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