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Yarra Valley Living Centre (retreat centre)

55 Rayner Court

Yarra Junction, VIC 3797

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Monthly, fresh, restoring sensory walk under the tall flowering trees of the Yarra Valley. Enjoy a taste of Forest Therapy CC

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Reconnect with a fresh, restoring, sensory experience at monthly guided forest therapy walks. Enjoy a peaceful sanctuary away from fast paced, modern life in the beautiful Yarra Valley. The experience will revive you through all your senses. Find your flow with nature.

Flow foREST Therapy invites you to:

  • connect with yourself, others & the wild world,
  • experience simple practices for restful recovery,
  • create ease & wellness, and
  • slow down with nature's slow flow.

When: Saturday or Sunday on the 2nd weekend of the month, except June due to the long weekend. June date is Sunday, 6th June 2021.

Time: Arrive 1.30 pm for 2:00pm start

Duration: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: $35.00 - $45.00*

*Pay by Donation: Limited pay by donation tickets also available

Companion Card accepted

For walks at the Yarra Valley Living Centre 10% of all tickets will go towards the Gawler Foundation's Yarra Valley Living Centre. The Gawler Cancer Foundation and Yarra Valley Living Centre is a not for profit that promotes a whole-person (holistic) and integrative approach to health, healing and wellbeing.

Yarra valley Living Centre is confirmed for April 2021.

Address: Yarra Valley Living Centre, 55 Rayner Court, Yarra Junction VICThis is approximately 70 kilometres and 1.5 hours from Melbourne. Melways Map Ref 288 J12

Parking: available in the car park at the end of the driveway.

Meet: buildings next to car park

Toilets are available on site

Shinrin Yoku is a like a bridge, by opening your senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world - Ancient Zen Meditation.

What is Forest Therapy?

Forest Therapy (also known as Shinrin Yoku and Forest Bathing) is a guided invitation to slow down and open up your senses to create a deeper connection with yourself, others and the wild world.

With a Certified Forest Therapy Guide FTG, it has an intentional flow & sequence of complimentary activities, which can be customised for each walk. The guide works in partnership with nature, sharing gentle physical, sensory and creative activities, with the group having the opportunity to share their experience with each other. The experience invites space for quiet listening, reflection and inquiry through all the senses. With Shinrin Yoku, the forest is the therapist, and the guide opens the door.

With a focus on slowing down, the session involves a series of guided place-based activities on easy trails, to support relaxation and connection with nature through the senses. During the walk, you will spend some time walking slowly, stopping and sitting. There is no right or wrong way to participate in the activities, simply follow your intuition and curiosity to explore the natural environment.

The activities follow the standard set by the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy, as specified by the International Nature & Forest Therapy Alliance INFTA.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world - John Muir - naturalist, writer & advocate

A few benefits at a glance:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved sleep, mood and energy boost
  • Deep relaxation, lowering stress hormone levels (cortisol)
  • Improved focus, mental clarity and alertness
  • More creativity and problem-solving capacity
  • Physical and mental relaxation (activation of parasympathetic nervous system)
  • Strengthened immune system (increase in the number of the body's own Natural Killer cells)

Inclusions:

  • Certified Forest Therapy Guide FTG & Creative Arts Therapist
  • Full public liability & indemnity insurance.
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Nature connection handouts
  • Refreshments - tea & light snack

Things to know/ bring:

  • The event will go ahead even in rainy weather. However, if we need to cancel due to inclement weather, bush fires or notifications from council or parks authorities, participants will be notified on the morning by 8:00 am.
  • Participants should be able to walk at a slow pace, over gentle terrain. We recommend wearing closed, sturdy shoes.
  • A typical forest therapy walk could cover approximately 1-2 km in 2 hours.
  • Carry a day pack and bring water, snacks, a mask, a hat, sunblock, sanitiser and personal medications with you for the trail.
  • Bring something to sit upon while on the trail if you do not want to sit on the ground. (a stool, chair, waterproof barrier, or blanket).
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable pants, layers work best, and a rainproof outer layer. We recommend that you wear a hat.
  • Phones and cameras must be turned off during the walk.
  • There are no bins, so please take your rubbish when you leave.

Also note the following:

  • COVID guidelines apply.
  • All rules and regulations currently in existence at the location apply to this Forest Therapy walk.
You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day…unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour - Ancient Zen Meditation.

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Yarra Junction, VIC 3797

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