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Nature Wellness at Goolwa

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Walter Newell Reserve

Ferguson Road

Goolwa Beach, SA 5214

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What is it?

Imagine something that combines the benefits of mindfulness with embodied practices like yoga, and the benefits of psychology and social connection - all in a natural setting. This is very low impact, not strenuous hiking, and it is not identifying things.

With a focus on slowing down and awakening the senses, this restorative wellness 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.

A qualified guide combines all these elements and ensures the experience is safe, supported and inspiring. Each experience lasts 2.5 - 3 hours but we do not go more than a kilometre.

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

This practice is also known as shinrin yoku, forest bathing or forest/nature therapy.


Benefits

Research shows that there are many important benefits from spending time in nature for mental, physical and social health – our general wellbeing. Benefits include: boosting the immune system, improving mood, decreasing blood pressure, restoring attention, reducing headaches, reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue, which contribute to improved sleep.

Like yoga and meditation, the benefits of this practice are enhanced and deepened through regular practice.


Testimonials

It was such a profoundly restorative process for me. I literally felt like I'd had a 2.5 hour massage - and I regularly think back to the beautiful experience. I would never have imagined this!

Niki


If you’re feeling stressed, tired, worn out from the business of life, I can highly recommend the Nature Wellness Experience

Jason


This experience is worth a few hours of your time. It brings your mind to a standstill and opens it to the nature around you. You start noticing things you may not have seen, touched or heard before. You CONNECT to a whole different level.

Marie


Alex has a lovely manner for leading these. It's a beautiful, relaxing and calming experience.

Meredith


About me

I am the first certified 'Forest Therapy Guide' in South Australia, with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.

To book sessions at other locations:

Belair: https://naturewellnessbelair.eventbrite.com.au

Para Wirra: https://naturewellnessparawirra.eventbrite.com.au



FAQs

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

Walks will be cancelled via email if the weather forecast is too severe. An email confirmation will be sent the day before the session to confirm whether or not the session is going ahead.

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

Unfortunately there is no public transport option to this location.

You will need to drive to the entry point on Ferguson Road, Goolwa Beach.

What do I bring into the event?

Closed shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

Water.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Alex via email: alex.gaut@conservationsa.org.au

Or mobile: 0418 921 849



This activity is supported by the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the NRM levy.

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