Welcome to Natural Edge Forest Therapy – the place to explore nature with all your senses.
Our forest therapy experiences take you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a journey of remembering, self-exploration and discovery of our natural connection with nature. You will find opportunity for a deeper connection with yourself and nature, restoring a sense of relaxation, awareness and balance.
Forest therapy can improve your mental, physical and social wellbeing. There is growing scientific evidence to show the positive impact on health, such as reducing blood pressure, heart rate, depression and anxiety. In addition it is also known to boost the immune system.
As someone who has always recognised the healing properties of being out in nature, I am delighted to be the first forest therapy guide in Hertfordshire trained by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT).
I’d love you to join me on a forest therapy walk – it’s an experience like no other. Take the first step and get in touch.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
So what is forest therapy?
Forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’. Essentially it is a very slow and mindful walk in a natural environment.
It has grown in popularity across the world in different formats as a holistic antidote to the stresses of everyday life. A life where we spend most of our time indoors, attached to screens, with a constant flow of news, updates and stimulation. We rarely take the time to slow down away from manmade demands and distractions, which can mean we are living in a heightened state of stress most of the time.
Forest therapy is a research-based framework using immersion in the forest or other natural environments to support our physical, social and mental wellbeing.
- The walk itself is not a hike designed to help you burn calories. It’s a walk where we slow right down, sometimes to a snail’s pace, with a very clear intention to connect with our surroundings.
- We open, connect and generate deeper awareness using a number of activities or sensory invitations. These are very gentle, and work by giving us space to open up our senses to our current environment. And become ever more present to receive the messages and insights on offer within nature.
- Invitations are healing in their purpose and offer us an opportunity to notice and communicate in a new way.
- The more you practise, the more you can fully immerse yourself in a deep reciprocal relationship with the natural world. This allows you to experience the seasons and the elements and the healing properties they have to offer us.
- Many of the activities or invitations we use on a forest therapy walk can be incorporated into everyday mindful living. This practice can be adapted to fit different situations.