Tag Archives: mindfulness in nature

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 […]

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 […]

Shinrin-Yoku Experience Cards – available now!

10 beautifully illustrated mindfulness cards Each card describes a different sensory & mindful experience for you to practice in the forest when alone.   Disconnect from the constant electronic presence and connect instead to your natural surroundings The perfect gift for those you care about, beautifully boxed and packaged with love. Ideal for those who […]

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 […]

Planet Mindful Magazine features Adore Your Outdoors

Planet Mindful Sonya Dibbin

As forests begin their dazzling autumnal colour transformation, Sarah Dawson explores our ancient connection with woodland and how trees really can enhance your wellbeing. The Ancient Art of Forest Bathing Another way to connect with trees this autumn is Forest Bathing, the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates as, “bathing your senses in the atmosphere […]

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’ […]

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 […]