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The Art of Forest Bathing - In Nature & in your Home

  • Samsara Retreat & Yoga West Peckham ME18 5JP UK (map)

The term Forest Bathing has been translated from the Japanese Practice of Shinrin-Yoku. The meaning of both is; 'to take in, or bathe in, the atmosphere of the Forest' Since its invention in Japan in the 1980's there are now volumes of scientific evidence proving that being in Nature has significant measurable benefits for both physical and mental health.

To summarise just a few of those, walking in Nature has been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure and lower the stress hormone cortisol. It can encourage the release of oxytocin (the kindness hormone) and can generate a sense of belonging as we return to our true home and connect to something greater than ourselves.

Shinrin-Yoku expert Dr Qing Li encourages people to bring Nature into their homes so that they continue to receive these benefits from indoor plants and by diffusing essential oils which are the essence of a plant and hold many healing properties.


During this workshop I will first invite you to join me on a Forest Bathing experience at a nearby woodland. Here you will be encouraged to slow down and truly connect with your surroundings and invite Nature in through all of your senses to deeply receive its healing benefits. I will talk in more detail about our connection to Nature and the importance of it for our health and well-being. You will be able to tune into your body more and notice the wonderful impact the environment has on you.

Afterwards we will go inside and look at how to how to create a Forest Bathing experience in your home with indoor plants and essential oils. I will share some of the incredible benefits of using essential oils and the different ways in which you can use them. There will also be an opportunity to purchase oils if you wish but absolutely no obligation to buy.



Samsara Retreat & Yoga, Clements Cottage, West Peckham, Kent, ME18 5JP

I am absolutely delighted to be hosting this event at a brand new venue opening in May! Samsara Retreat and Yoga Studio is a stunning new well-ness hub with gorgeous accommodation, a beautiful Oast house Yoga studio and a striking raised meditation platform. This place is bursting with heart energy and the grounds are magical. Once you get here you wont want to leave.

The beautiful owners Lorraine and Dipu have put their heart and soul into its creation and will provide a delicious vegetarian lunch, included with the Workshop. If you also wish to extend your experience and book a nights stay before or after the workshop they would be delighted to welcome you and look after you.


09:45 - Arrival at Samsara

10:00 - Set off for walk and Forest Bathing

11:30 - Retrurn to Samsara for refreshments

12:00 - Essential oils and Indoor plants

13:00 - Lunch served on the terrace


The Exchange is Β£45 per person and will include refreshments and lunch.

Please ensure you come dressed appropriately for the walk and for the weather.