FOREST FUSION

All proceeds support our work helping young people experiencing mental ill-health.

A combination of Forest Bathing and Nature Discovery near Brighton.

‘Forest bathing’ or ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ is known as Shinrin Yoku in Japan where the practice emerged as a preventative healthcare tool. 

Being in nature not only makes you feel better psychologically but in the 1990s researchers began to recognise the many physiological benefits of Forest Bathing too.

By 2050 it is predicted that 66% of the population will live in cities. In human history, we have never been so far removed from the natural world. Forest Bathing can help us get back that deep connection we had with nature, in particular trees. Amid the woodland we are surrounded by therapeutic forces, including the natural chemical compounds trees release called phytoncides, that can strengthen our immune system. The colour green in particular, the natural shapes and the sounds of the woodland, have all been proved by science to relax us. Shinrin Yoku helps activate our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest mode). Positive hormones are released in the body, you can feel less anxious, sad or stressed. It can also improve heart and lung health and can even increase your concentration and even your memory.

In essence, Forest Bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a vast range of benefits for your physical, mental and emotional health. But to benefit from nature, we need to protect it, which is why we fuse Forest Bathing and Nature Discovery together.

A growing body of evidence, reminds us that our relationship with nature profoundly influences our behaviours towards the Earth. Lack of personal experiences with nature, as well as lack of understanding ecosystem services and ancestral relationship with nature, limit our understanding of environmental challenges and appropriate actions to help address those challenges. Experiencing and learning from nature teaches us about ourselves, our mental habits and attitudes, our values and beliefs as well as about the environment.

Nature Discovery is about noticing the daily changes in nature, identifying different plants and animals, perhaps learning why dead wood is so important, why fungi is vital to human survival, how a woodpecker protects its brain when hammering trunks or how ink made from oak galls signed the Magna Carta. There is so much to learn and we do it together.

Your session leader has a degrees in conservation and the environmental sustainable development, and is also a qualified Forest Bathing Guide.

All proceeds support our work helping young people experiencing mental ill-health.

JOIN A REGULAR SESSION (new dates to be advised soon): 2-hour session £35 per person near Brighton.

CREATE A BESPOKE SESSION: Suitable for family and friends or why not arrange a session for your work colleagues. You can choose from extra activities such as painting, building nest or bat boxes,  bread making on open fire etc. Please email for further details.

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Some people feel the rain, others just get wet – Bob Marley