2pm – 3.30pm (£10 per person) – includes tea ceremony
Forest Bathing isn’t new or as wacky as it sounds but is a blend of ancient wisdom, modern medicine and research to create a proven route to wellbeing.
Forest Bathing or ‘Shinrin-yoku’ was a term that was coined about 30 years ago in Japan. What it means is ‘bathing yourself in the airs of the forest’.
In Japan and elsewhere around the world they have been running lots of clinical / medical trials on the benefits of this – ranging from lowering blood pressure and stress hormone (cortisol) levels right through to improving the immune system in fighting cancer!
Forest bathing is not complex or hard but with a little guidance, such as this introductory session, will start you on your way to do it yourself or be inspired to learn more. There is no equipment. Just yourself and clothes and shoes you might go for a walk in. We show you how to do the rest.
The walk is a very gentle one and good for those who are relatively steady on their feet. We undertake a range of activities designed to ‘retune’ your senses to nature and it finishes with a tea ceremony.
Much of the Haldon Hills near Exeter is heavily forested. This makes is a wonderful local space to reconnect with wild nature but close to a major city.
In our very first open session at Haldon Forest Park we have partnered with the Forestry Commission to deliver an introductory taster session for just £10 per person. Experience what everyone seems to be talking about in terms of stress relief and other health benefits of this activity.
We have designed a trail specifically for this day.
Don’t worry – there is no bathing involved – this is a forest immersion rather than a dip or a swim!
All ages welcome (only if you can keep quiet and sit still!) and whilst the trail for the day is not wheel chair friendly most people who are steady on their feet should be fine. We do not walk fast – quite the opposite – this is about the mind (and nature) and how it affects the body and not the other way round!
The 90min session is just £10 (cash only please, exact change if possible!) and should give you the basics of how to Forest Bathe. If you have any allergies or health conditions you think are relevant please make a member of staff aware. Please dress warmly and bring a waterproof as you would for the outdoors.
For more information on Forest Bathing please visit http://www.aquifolium.co.uk
For more information on Haldon Forest Park please click here
There is usually plenty of parking – at this time the parking charges are off-peak:
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours £4
4+ Hours £5
There are toilet facilities and an excellent café.
We will meet at 2pm outside the Ranger’s Office which is adjacent to the Ridge Café. It is clearly signed. We will depart promptly!
Travelling by car on the A38 turn off at the exit for Exeter Racecourse (there are no slip roads for this turning). Follow the signs for Haldon Forest Park. The Haldon car park is signposted further along the road on the left. For the Mamhead car park follow the signs for Mamhead and Starcross from the A380., Our postcode for SatNav is EX6 7XR. Make sure you look out for the Haldon blue banners directing you to the car park. Please do not drive up the first entrance labelled ‘Office Car Park’.
For more information on Forest Bathing, please visit www.aquifolium.co.uk