Forest Therapy is a practical program that addresses the impact of stress on physical and mental health. It involves spending time in nature in a calm and mindful way. It’s not a strenuous hike, the goal is to be fully immersed in nature by consciously using all the senses in a forest environment.
Led by your expert guide, a typical guided walk includes:
- Pre-walk assessments and introduction
- Forest & local environment introduction.
- An overview of the physical space including ecological, historical and cultural information.
- Sensory Tuning activity. This is designed to ‘ground’ participants using a combination of breathing exercises and gentle physical movement.
- Creative & Sensory activities. These are designed to facilitate mindfulness in the forest environment through interactions with nature.
- Sit Spot. This is an opportunity for participants to sit quietly and observe nature in a safe and calm environment.
- Tea Ceremony. Participants are invited to share their favourite part of the experience over a cup of tea.
- Post-walk assessments.
Talk to our friendly team at PCCS to find out how you can access Forest Therapy. You may be eligible under a number of publicly funded programs to access Forest Therapy as part of your services. Our team are happy to advise you.
Forest Therapy is a great way to get outside and reconnect with nature. International studies have shown a variety of health benefits to the cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as improving mood and concentration.
- Rediscover your inner peace among the trees and natural environment as you experience the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the forest.
- Fresh air and natural aromatherapy compounds are known to improve immune system performance.
- The shared experience of a guided group walk increases social connectedness and reduces isolation.