Forest Therapy by Kerry Walker
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir
In recent years it is becoming more evident that communities are disconnecting with nature while spending more time indoors and connecting to technology. At the same time evidence is emerging on the healing powers of nature and that spending time in nature, especially forests, has many positive health effects. If you regularly take walks in nature or spend time amongst the trees in Brigit's Garden, you may already be aware of the benefits of nature.
Some of the most interesting evidence of the health benefits of nature is coming out of Japan, and revolves around the popular practice of 'Shinrin-yoku', also referred to as 'forest bathing' or 'forest therapy'. The practice was introduced in 1982 in by the Forest Agency of Japan to encourage a healthy lifestyle and decrease stress levels. Forest bathing has now become a recognised relaxation and stress management activity in Japan, and it's popularity is spreading worldwide.
Health Benefits of Forest Therapy
Forest Therapy walks are gentle guided walks that enhance wellbeing through sensory connection in nature. Participants are guided through grounding, relaxing and centering exercises in deep relationship with the natural surrounding environment. It is a researchbased intervention for supporting healing and wellness through immersion into natural environments. Studies have shown that being in nature can have a wide array of positive health benefits; including lowered stress, increased creativity, a boost in immune system functions, reduced blood pressure, increased energy and improved sleep.
In Forest Therapy we say that : 'The Forest is the Therapist, the Guide opens the door.'
Kerry Walker from Down to Earth Forest School is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy: www.natureandforesttherapy.org She is currently Co-Facilitating 'The Art of Living Wild' course with Carol Barrett. This is a creative journey for adults where forest therapy will be one of the tools used to support the group in connecting to their senses and deepen their connection with nature.
The following food will be provided during the festival:
At the Garden Café
Saturday 9.00a.m to 8.30pm
Sunday 8.30 - 5.00pm
Drinks available up to 10.30pm Saturday night
At our Garden BBQ
Saturday 12.00- 8.00pm
At the Food Stalls
Saturday 12.00 - 8.00pm
Sunday 12.00 - 4.00pm
The Garden Café will serve
Breakfast includes a buffet bar with cereals, bacon/sausage rolls, croissants etc.
Lunch & Dinner is a delicious range of pastas, salads, hot dinners, kids rolls and drinks include a selection of herbal teas, coffee, wine, craft beers and minerals.
There will also be a range of homemade treats in store for your delight
The Garden BBQ will be sizzling sausages and burgers with all the trimmings and the Food Stalls will be serving a variety of foods from Asian street food, baked potatoe, pizza, chips to delicious artisan ice-cream.
Brigit's Garden is 20km from Galway city just off the Wild Atlantic Way.
From Galway city take the N59 in the direction of Clifden. Go through Moycullen and after about 8km you reach the small village of Roscahill. You will see a brown heirtage sign with Brigit's Garden name on it pointing to the right. Take this right and the entrance to Brigit's Garden is on the left approximately 2km from this turn (after the community centre and church on the left hand-side).
Please pay attention to the signs for the overnight carpark and day carpark during this event.
Accommodation Close by
(for Friday and/or Saturday night)
In Roscahill Co. Galway- 5 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Rockfield House B&B, www.connemara-galway.net 091 555586
In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Camillaun Lodge, www.camillaun.com 091 552678
The Boat Inn, www.theboatinn.ie 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel, www.rosslakehotel.com, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel www.theconnemaralakehotel.com 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
Overnight for Campervans, contact Dessie Walsh in Oughterard, €10 per van, firstname.lastname@example.org 085 2899391
Hostel Accommodation: Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
Salthill Caravan Park ; Salthill, Galway City, County Galway
Tel: 091 523972; 086 8175551 Email: email@example.com
Spiddal Mobile Home Park www.spiddalmobilehomes.ie Tel: 091 553372, Mob: 087 7607698 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is plenty of other accommodation listed at www.discoverireland.ie Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard
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Slán go fóill :)*