Celebrate the arrival of summer with a relaxing, grounding Forest Bathing Walk at Brigit’s Garden on Sunday 21st May at 10.30am – 1pm with qualified guide Carol Barrett.
We will open ourselves to the growth, warmth, joy and abundance of the summer season. Have you heard the cuckoo yet? Have you spotted a swallow? All around us, there is blossom, light, life and growth and within us we wonder what is ready to blossom in our lives. We will reflect on these themes as we slow down and connect with nature.
When we align with the seasons and connect with the life-force of nature, we are open to receive gifts of well-being and wisdom.
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing is based on the Japanese practice of “Shinrin Yoku”. It is a multi-sensorial, nature mindfulness experience that uses grounding exercises to connect with nature leaving you refreshed and relaxed.
Part of the practice involves slowing down and being calm in the forest and noticing nature all around you. This could be the unfurling of a young fern, the crunching of leaves underfoot, the distant call of the cuckoo, the smell of wet moss on a damp rock, or drops of rain falling on the pond. Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to have positive effects on the nervous system, promote calm and relaxation, boost the immune system, improve sleep and reduce stress.
During this 2.5 hour experience, you will be guided around the Garden and woodlands. You will be invited to focus on your senses, become aware of what you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste and slow down to absorb the natural world around you. Each one of us will notice something different, and you will be invited to share some of your experiences within the group…or not! What ever feels good for you!
The Tea Ceremony
Towards the end, we will gather for a Tea Ceremony. The Irish are great with tea but the Japanese have perfected a wonderful ceremony that represents harmony, respect and tranquility. Foraged leaves, herbs and berries are infused to create a hot, fresh-brewed seasonal drink which we will share together…and who knows, maybe some treats too! Enjoy the atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reflect on your journey.
What to bring Forest Bathing?
The ground may be wet early in the morning, and we may find ourselves lying on the forest floor or sitting against a tree.
- one more layer than you expect to need. When slowing down, our bodies can get cooler.
- Wear waterproof clothing – waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and waterproof boots.
Intermittent rain throughout the day is common so it is best to be prepared.
In the event of yellow, orange or red wind or rain weather warnings, we will cancel the walk. You will be notified via email 24 hours in advance.
What not to bring?
Forget about extra bags and baggage that you will have to carry around. It is best to be “hands free” and light. Your guide will have emergency water, first aid, mobile phone etc.
Please arrive at 10.20am for a prompt start at 10.30.
Standard Contribution €25
Supporting Contribution €35
We are sorry but this event has been CANCELLED.