We're now featuring a monthly walk to help ground busy or troubled minds in nature.
The pilot walk took place on a dismal, drizzly, and grey December day. It didn't look too promising at first as we gathered by the Lower Leas Coastal Park.
So we huddled around a table to warm up with coffee in the cosy Lift Café and talked about our themes for the session.
Listen to a lovely BBC Radio 4 Extra programme on the secret power of trees
As Forestry England notes, Forest Bathing is becoming more popular - 'This Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.'
Our people included Mathijs, the Rowan, a silently dynamic Thinker; Tracy, the Hawthorn, the mature Illusionist; and Miranda, the romantic, generous, and trail-blazing Hawthorn.
With the rain easing, we walked mindfully among the trees. We closed our eyes and used our palms to feel rough bark trunks.
Each of us was surprised by the weight and solidity of green cedar cones - so much heavier than most cones and stickily scented with fresh woody resin.
Our resident artist Miranda enjoyed some literal forest bathing, as another walker shook branches heavy with raindrops on to her!
It was Miranda's first walk in the park since the recent death of her mother, and we stood in silent memory of the walk this beautiful woman had taken with us only weeks before.
“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything – other people, trees, clouds…” – Mary Oliver
Would you like to join our new monthly wellbeing walks? Provisional 2023 dates are the following Thursdays-
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