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Mindful Photography – an emotional journey of self-discovery, slowing down and soft fascination

Blossom photo

As we closed the call, I felt utterly bereft. A wave of intense emotion swept through me, as my connection to the group was severed. Yes, I have always found goodbyes difficult, but the strength of my reaction was not something I’d anticipated. It almost knocked the breath out of me, as it whooshed up […]

Gardens for Health and Wellbeing

To celebrate National Tree Week back in 2020 (seems so long ago now!), I spoke with several of my colleagues who also work with trees for wellbeing. The fourth person in the series was the lovely Clare Freemantle who lives in the same village as me, and who is taking her first exciting steps in setting […]

Winter Wellbeing – the Mindfulness Tools you need to Recentre

Do you suffer from ‘the winter blues’? Winter is typically the season when we start to feel low, as the darker days and often gloomy weather take their toll. And let’s not mention youknowwhat. Did you know the 3rd Monday in January is dubbed “Blue Monday”? Named because we’re all cold, broke and riddled with […]

Keep the Forest Alive at Home using Essential Oils

For National Tree Week earlier in December, I met with several other practitioners who, like me, work together with trees for health-boosting purposes. The second person I spoke with was Annika Vincent who’s also based in Winchester, Hampshire. She discovered the benefits of dōTERRA essential oils around 3 years ago while using them to support […]

What can Bach Flower Remedies do for you?

For National Tree Week earlier in December, I met with several other practitioners who, like me, work together with trees for health-boosting purposes. Ros Thompson has been a qualified Bach Flower Practitioner since 2013 and a holistic therapist since 2005 (she’s also a Reiki Master and Kinesiologist!). Since the pandemic hit, she has been working […]

What do a fox, Zoom and the Kalimba have in common? A virtual Forest Bath might be the next big wellbeing trend!

Woodland scene

Virtual seems to be the buzzword for 2020, doesn’t it? Or pivot! And much like most events-based businesses, I ‘pivoted’ in 2020. To say I was unsure about going virtual is an understatement. In fact, I resisted the cajoling in lockdown 1.0 from business owner friends who were moving to Zoom, saying it simply wasn’t […]

Everything you need to know about Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku (森林 浴))

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘Forest Bath’? A rather nippy dip in a rather murky stream? That doesn’t sound very inviting and one of the main principles of Forest Bathing is the orientation to pleasure – so fret not!  Often known as Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy, Shinrin-Yoku (森林 浴) focuses on […]

Why this Autumn is going to be the most stunning for years

Autumnal countryside scene

Predictions have been made for a glorious autumn display this year. Why? It’s all thanks to the weather. High levels of sunshine throughout spring, a wet June and then further sunshine in July result in trees building up lots of leaf sugar in plant tissues.  Rainbow of colour  As a consequence, you see the range […]

5 Simple Steps to Practise Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Alone

Woman leaning on a tree

As fear about the state of our natural environment grows, many of us are feeling called to ‘get back to nature’. But how to you do that, beyond simply going for a walk with the dog or friends? I have researched and studied this topic extensively and am certain that the phrase ‘connecting to nature’ […]

Liz’s poem about her Shinrin-Yoku experience with Adore Your Outdoors!

Tree trunk covered in rich, damp moss with Adore Your Outdoors logo

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) with Sonya 🌿The mind? It may well fight –its churning turning into ‘what a wastejust standing on this spot for agesI’d be better writing pages’ –but forest bathing’s gentle stagesstart and end with slowand take you where you never thought to go… 🌿The heart? It now delightswith softness opening into ‘I recall this taste’I’m feeling rooted wellaliveness […]