The Adore Your Outdoors Blog: Welcome

Sonya Dibbin
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The Adore Your Outdoors Blog by Sonya Dibbin

Some years ago, I was told I would write professionally, and the name Wood would be significant. ..Well, here I am starting my blogging journey about leaving the world of Corporate IT and setting up Adore Your Outdoors. 

I’m Sonya, I’m a certified forest therapy guide and I’ve run Adore Your Outdoors since 2019 Since this is my first blog (woohoo!), I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain what to expect if you subscribe to the blog. 

What will the Adore Your Outdoors blog include? 

What is Nature Connection

I’ll be sharing the latest science on the measurable, psychological construct known as nature connectedness, an increase in which is proven to result in sustained increases in

  • health and happiness
  • your sense of purpose
  • a feeling of belonging to something bigger
  • your ability to trust and be kinder to others.

Much of what I teach can be recreated alone in your own garden or on walk. So I’ll also be giving you lots of ideas, hints and tips to guide you along your own nature connection journey.

What is Forest Bathing

I’ll also be shedding light on the nature connection practice known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan.

If you’ve heard about forest bathing recently in the media, perhaps you’re thinking it sounds very much like a fancy term for a walk in the woods? I’ll be explaining how it’s so much more than that, involving sensory activationguided meditations, and mindfulness exercises. In fact, you don’t actually walk far when forest bathing, and certainly don’t walk fast. Nor will you need your shower cap! You’re bathing your senses in the atmosphere of the forest. I write about its many benefits and about what happens in a typical session. 

Note: there is no swimming involved in Forest Bathing! I prefer to use the term Nature Immersion or mindfulness-in-nature to avoid this confusion.  

Update Jan 2022: There’s now a mini-series of blogs to read to explain Forest Bathing. Grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read of these in this order:

What is Forest Bathing

What are the Benefits of Forest Bathing

Common Myths about Forest Bathing 

What happens in a Forest Bathing session

 

Forest Bathing and Nature Connection with Adore Your Outdoors

The Latest Science on Forest Bathing in the UK

You’ll also be the first to hear about the latest UK research with updates on a 5-year study in Surrey that’s coming to a close. This study prescribed forest bathing as a green prescription throughout 2021, and I for one am excited about the results.

How Nature Connection helps the Planet

You’ll learn how nature connection can result in long-lasting, powerful, positive change, resulting in a closer, more reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Moving away from seeing nature as something to use, fear or know facts about, towards developing a kinship with the natural world. And as we face the climate emergency, never has there been a more critical time to value and take care of our environment.

Support Local: Related Experiences

I’ll sometimes showcase guest blogs from related businesses and updates about other experiences. This could include the mindful photography course I run or the sea safari on the Solent that I helped complete with the Wildlife Trust.

You can expect a blog once a month, sometimes twice.  

Subscribe to stay in touch

Sonya Dibbin Adore Your OutdoorsClick top right to receive the blogs directly to your inbox.

I also email a monthly newsletter which includes the nature spot and invitation of the month, books and programmes I think you’ll like, shoutouts to other local organisations, pre-sale access to events and of course those subscriber-only special offers. Sign up here and tick the ‘future communications’ box so I can email you without breaking GDPR rules.

I also post occasional videos to my YouTube channel, including guided sensory meditations, activity ideas and foraging recipes. 

Browse the website, read the forest bathing or photography FAQs, or contact me directly. If you are interested in learning more in the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. 

 

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