Nature Immersion

Nature Immersion

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing”, Nature Immersion aka Nature Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersing ourselves in forests and other natural environments,

It is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity with nature which benefits all participants involved.

Nature is the Therapist, The Guide opens the doors.

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The relationship between a nature immersion participant and nature forms a healing contract that is very unique in the way that when people are ready to disconnect from the Tamed world and reconnect with themselves through the Wild one, nature has a way of supporting it in ways that feel magical. I like to call it Rewilding, an action that helps humans live in the Tamed world, but with the strength and wisdom they may receive from the Wild World. There is wisdom in both stories, and it is when we journey between them that we may find elements from both that define our wholeness.

Nature Immersion

As your Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide I invite you to join me and your co-therapist "Nature", on a journey of discovery bathing in the essence of the outdoors. It has nothing to do with taking a bath or shower in the woods. Instead, we will meet and begin our walk; perhaps in the park, along a scenic trail or immersing our toes in the cool white sand of the local beach where you'll be guided through sensory awareness invitations that simultaneously restore and awaken the body and mind.

This mindful, sensory immersion in nature aims to create an experience that enhances nature connectedness and strengthens social relationships, boosting the therapeutic and restorative effects of nature for health and wellbeing. The intent of this experience is open-ended; there is no prescription for what any person "should" experience, or what benefits they "should" receive. Instead, it is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity, in which nature and the practitioner find a way to work together that supports the wholeness and wellness of each.

The experience takes on a slow immersive pace moving through sensory awareness expanding practices and ending with a bush tea ceremony. At various points throughout our walk we practice the Way of Council, a heartfelt sharing of experience and whatever is arising, an opportunity to witness and be heard without judgement. Not the conventional way of conversing in our modern culture, this powerful way of connecting in community is often the medicine we need.

Nature Immersion for the Individual

The exchange is $75 and includes a 60min session, a follow-up messenger chat, any relevant take home sheets for inspired action, support, guidance & accountability.

*Price excludes credit card fees. Bank transfer available to avoid fees.

A slightly reduced fee may be available for anyone in need who has been referred from programs such as Step Up Step Down. Alternatively I do have plenty of other offerings available that may suit your budget.

Times available on request but subject to availability.

Nature Immersion locations in

Denmark - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Albany - Wednesdays

Nature Immersion for Groups

The exchange is $55 and includes a 2.5hr session as well as morning or afternoon tea. There is a minimum 4 participants and a maximum of 10.

*Price excludes credit card fees. Bank transfer available to avoid fees.

A slightly reduced fee may be available for anyone in need who has been referred from programs such as Step Up Step Down. Alternatively I do have plenty of other offerings available that may suit your budget.

 

Group Nature Immersion locations in

Denmark - Saturdays & Albany - Wednesdays

Not sure if Nature Immersion is for you? I've included some info below to help you decide.

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What are the benefits of Nature Immersion aka Nature Therapy?

The very act of stepping out into Mother Nature's realm, makes us immediately feel good. Combine this with the additional benefits of walking. Add in, the fact that you are walking with a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide who is guiding you to engage with the natural and social environments through a sensory and emotional connection.

In addition to exercise’s ability to combat depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, addiction and other health and mental health conditions, immersing ones self in a nature therapy experience has benefits of its own:

  • Being in natural environments helps our nervous systems unwind – we know that being in nature helps to quell anxiety and rumination and can soothe the mind.

  • Resets the stress button - Levels of the stress hormone cortisol decrease after a walk in nature, when compared with those who engaged in walks within a busy city.

  • Boosts immune functioning - Stress hormones can compromise immune defence; in particular, the activities of frontline defenders, such as antiviral natural killer cells, are suppressed by stress hormones. Since nature bathing can lower stress hormone production and elevate mood states, it’s not surprising that it also influences markers of immune system strength.

  • Increases natural killer cells - Phytoncides (volatile organic compounds with antibacterial properties) released by trees has shown to increase the activity of the immune system's natural killer cells themselves.

  • Increases levels of creativity - Time in nature improves our mental performance and creativity. One study of a group of Outward Bound participants found they performed 50 percent better on creative problem-solving tasks after three days of wilderness backpacking.

What happens during a session?

In session I welcome you warmly and after some initial hospitality settling the group in I begin the carefully crafted guided sequence in the location chosen, whether that be a park, trail or beach. A Nature Immersion experience is not a hike, and quite often may not even cover much ground at all. Distance varies every time you join, as is purely dependant on what nature and the guide co-create & provide for that session, and can also vary due to the level of participation of those who join.

Will it actually help me?

Honestly, yes and no. Because a Nature Immersion experience is not "prescriptive" it ultimately comes down to participants having an open mind, willingness to play and lastly, simply a healthy respect for Mother Earth. 

Through building a relationship with the More-Than-Tamed World they remembered their wholeness

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