Six women shared a nurturing experience this morning. We were participants in a Nature and Forest Therapy Walk, based on a Japanese therapy called Shinrin-yoku. The aim is to bring balance into busy lives through contact with nature. The group was led by Helen who is studying for certification in this practice.
On a track in the Sugarloaf Reserve of the Port Hills we were introduced, and given some of the history of the area. Then we slowly walked through the forest. At different stages we were invited to consider various aspects, and later to share if we wished. These photos show some parts which I found significant.
We didn’t walk far physically, but there was an inward journey as well. A Japanese Tea Ceremony was a perfect finish. The whole experience was delightful and left me feeling relaxed and at peace.
Helen will be offering a couple more of these practicum walks in the New Year, and charges only a gold coin donation. If you’re interested, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“To be with nature, mid the trees
is certainly a place of ease.”