Category Archives: The practice

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 […]

The most common obstacles in the way of great mental health

Ladies in a forest connecting to nature

Spending so much time indoors, being separated from loved ones, and constantly attached to technology these days is leaving many of us feeling disconnected; disconnected from each other and even from ourselves. Do you ever feel lonely without really understanding why?  I doubt it’s news to you that your emotional wellbeing could be suffering; 2018 […]

Richard introduces himself… to his tree!

While I was with Richard Vobes, aka The Bald Explorer the other day, I wanted to show him the sort of thing that happens on a Forest Bathing experience; mainly how it differs from your average walk in the woods, I guess. It was just the two of us so we couldn’t do the group […]

Introducing Forest Therapy to The Bald Explorer

The Bald Explorer and Sonya Dibbin discuss Forest Bathing

Earlier this week I met up with YouTuber vlogger Richard Vobes, aka The Bald Explorer, to speak to him about all things Forest Therapy (also called Forest Bathing). He thought the practice might involve stripping off and thrashing yourself with sticks – that’s the most random interpretation I’ve heard yet! We had a fun day […]

Trying Forest Therapy for the first time…

Lindsey Hood touching tree

🌳 Guest blog from Lindsey, a Life and Executive Coach at www.lindseyhood.net. I have just come back from one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. I spent 3 wonderful hours in Itchen Valley Country Park with the amazing Sonya (and 4 other participants) for some Forest Therapy. 🌳 What is Forest Therapy? […]

How powerful can a relationship with nature really be?

Have you ever felt unhappy without understanding why? I am certain that being disconnected from the natural world and spending so much time indoors affects us in ways we are only just beginning to understand. There is a way to ease the suffering, and you can get started right now!  This is part 2 of […]