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Forest Bathe

Nature's way to restore health and wellbeing. Experience guided Forest Bathing.

Attraction in or near Cinderford


Description

Forest Therapy (also called Forest Bathing -translated from the Japanese Shinrin- Yoku or Forest Medicine) is a  slow walking activity that prioritizes sensory experiences over intellectual ones and is designed to be pleasurable and relaxing. Small (2km), tranquil, Forest sites are carefully selected by Carina, a local, experienced and certified Forest Therapy Guide/ Forestry England (FE) Learning Provider.

Carina will contact you before meeting and greeting you at a local cafe or wellbeing centre. She will guide you/drive you (2-5mins) to the FE approved and managed Forest site. She will briefly explain the scientific basis from which Forest Therapy has emerged as a dynamic practice from Japan, while you ‘bathe'(fully clothed),unwind and breathe in the Forest atmosphere all around you. After explaining the three part (3hr) structure of the course, Carina will lead you through a standard sequence and offer short, (5-20 mins) sensory invitations along the way that can be done whilst wondering/sitting in the Forest, along the grassy paths, all close to (500m) a central base. Forest Bathers are free to fall asleep at any time, fanned by the low- lying branches of the trees, knowing the guide is close by. The course ends with a foraged ‘tea ceremony’ and light snacks.

Children welcome provided they are aged 8 , or over.

Forest Bathing comes from a scientific basis of research. It has been shown to lower blood pressure,  boost the immune system, aid sleep, lessen anxiety and depression and boost feelings of well-being, bringing the nervous system into balance amongst other things.

 

 


Opening Times

Carina is available to arrange bespoke guided Forest Therapy sessions for your group in advance by email or text : 07774695589 [email protected]

  • Open all year except 25th - 27th Dec
  • Summer (from April 8th) 10.00 - 5.00
  • Winter 10.00 - 4.00

Booking essential. Please contact [email protected] for enquiries or visit https://www.forestbathe.co.uk for Eventbrite booking and upcoming dates.


Features

  • Attraction
  • Families
  • Group Activities
  • Nature
  • Walking
  • Wellbeing and Spas

Location

Dean Heritage Centre
Camp Mill
Soudley
Gloucestershire
GL14 2UB

Enter your start address:

By Car:
Accessible from most major motorway networks and roads. Look out for the brown tourist information signs to The Dean Heritage Centre as you drive into the Forest of Dean.
Meeting point and café: Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL14 2UB

Please be aware that the postcode will take you just beyond the centre’s actual location when coming from the North and West, but keep your eyes peeled for the DHC entrance sign!


Public Transport:
Bevan Bus number 717 between Cinderford and Lydney. The Dean Heritage Centre is a request stop. Please visit their website for a timetable of their services. Cinderford or Lydney travel info: Traveline http://www.traveline.info/. Click on the 'South West' section and plan your journey door-to-door using your postcode and The Dean Heritage Centre (GL14 2UB). 

  • Cinderford

Prices

3-4hr Forest Bathing - £26 per person