Forest bathing - Maria Verdicchio's guided walk
Step away from your mobile phone: wake up your senses and deepen your connection with yourself, with nature, and with others. Through a series of invitations, you will move slowly and intentionally through nature over 2.5 hours, covering no more than half a mile.
Walk through Heckfield Place's ancient woodland, a landscape punctuated by trees planted in the 18th century by pioneering horticulturist William Wildsmith.
The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. The Japanese words translate into English as “Forest Bathing.” Although inspired by the Japanese practice our use of the terms Forest Therapy and Shinrin-Yoku do not mean a specifically Japanese practice. We mean spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest, river, or desert - whatever environment you are in.
Maria Verdicchio is a certified forest therapy guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides (ANFT: www.natureandforesttherapy.org) in the US. The ANFT is the leading global voice for forest therapy, setting the standards for forest therapy practice, training and certifying nature and forest therapy guides worldwide.
Limited to 12 people from the age of 18.
Please be dressed for all types of weather and bring a small backpack/rucksack to carry a water bottle and a hat, gloves, raincoat, and whatever you may need to keep dry, comfortable and warm. (A backpack allows you to keep your hands free.) Please do not bring your mobile phone. This is an opportunity to experience some time for yourself.