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Forest Bathing - Long Point Flora Reserve

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Long Point Bushland Reserve

Gillies Road

Creswick, VIC 3363

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Are you so stressed or anxious that your physical health is deteriorating?

Are you exhausted and lacking in vitality and struggling to find compassion for your loved ones, or patience with your coworkers?

Are you so busy and distracted that you can’t focus on self-care and creative thinking, even when you have the time for it?

Research has shown that being in nature leads to an increased sense of vitality. It reduces stress, fear and anxiety, improves attention skills and creative problem solving, relieves depression and lowers rates of death and disease. The mechanisms and processes of all this are still being explored, but there are other ways of seeing and being with the world that offer some insight.

In many ancient traditions everything that has form has spirit or ‘personhood’. When we come into relationship with these other-than-human beings and give attention to them, we come into a deeper knowledge of ourselves. To do this we must release all the fabrications that build up in our mind, all the judgements, preconceptions, rules and regulations by which we live, and enter into a place of deep stillness that restores and resets our entire being, giving us renewed energy, clarity and the strength to exercise compassion.

This practice is sometimes called forest bathing. It is a practice of restoring and reinvigorating onself through deep connection with living plant beings.

About Long Point Flora Reserve

This tiny patch of bushland hosts some of the most stunning plant beings I have met in this region. Despite a history of soil disturbance by 19th century Chinese mining, clay and gravel extraction, and dumping of rubbish the mix of tree species growing here is highly significant and unique to the Ballarat region. There are Candlebarks (eucalyptus rubida), Black She-Oaks (allocasuarina littoralis), Silver Banksias (banksia marginata), Yellow Box (eucalyptus melliodora), Blackwoods (acacia melanoxylon), Hedge Wattles (acacia paradoxa), and Small Grass Trees (xanthorrhoea minor).

Many of these have their own stories to tell: Silver Banksia were noted by early exploreres as forming a significant component of the vegetation in the region prior to the mining era, but are scarce now and those that grow here have self-generated after that time. And the Long Point Black She-Oaks are at the most north-west limit of thier range in western Victoria.

In addition, there are beds of white and yellow clay here that have healing qualities of their own.

In May 2017 the Black She-Oaks and the Silver Banksia were in full bloom, exhibiting their beauty and colour in the face of centuries of interference. If you are looking to celebrate the curious, colourful and unique parts of yourself, or to dig deep into hardship and extract the beauty and value that lies within, then come and join me, for an afternoon of deep stillness and connection.

For further information about what to bring email shalome.knoll@gmail.com or phone 0422910740.

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