Nature Therapy Ireland

Guided Nature Therapy Walks in 2017

 

with Certified Guide Marion Edler-Burke

at leading eco-venue – crann og eco farm

county galway Ireland

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Nature Therapy Ireland

Guided Nature Therapy Walks in 2017

 

with Certified Guide Marion Edler-Burke

at leading eco-venue – crann og eco farm

county galway Ireland

Guided Nature Therapy Walks - What are they?

 

Nature and Forest Therapy originated from the Japanese Shinrin Yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’. It was formally developed only in the 1980’s when the Japanese realised that their peoples’ health suffered from stress related diseases. The Japanese culture is well known for their appreciation of nature’s beauty and related wellness for their people!

Indigenous people all over the world know how to allow nature to become one’s healer by simply opening up to its many gifts.  In our modern civilisations time pressure, constant demands and a lack of quiet, natural places are the main cause for high stress levels.

To counteract and balance the effects of stress, true nature connection provides the purest and deepest source of wellness.  Nature connection happens by opening up to the senses rather than entertaining the mind.

Through various invitations to experience the world through our five senses, we also begin to further develop seven more senses.

  • Proprioception (felt body sense)
  • Interoception (awareness of body needs)
  • Mirror
  • Intuition and body radar
  • Feeling (heart sense)
  • Subtle energy sense
  • Imagination

When our senses are switched on and the mind quieted, we can receive what nature has to offer according to our needs.  Since the ill-effects of our technological era have become obvious, our modern world begins to acknowledge the essential need of humans for direct nature connection.

Research in Japan and South Korea have gathered plenty of scientific literature exploring the physiological benefits of Forest Bathing. And while it was expected to have good results, the findings exceeded those expectations by far.

 

Benefits of Forest Bathing

Many trees give off organic compounds called phytoncides which support our NK cells (natural killer) that are a type of white blood cell and part of the immune system to fight diseases (even cancer) and infections.

  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers cortisol levels, improves sleep and mood
  • Lowers blood pressure thus benefits the heart
  • Increases memory and concentration
  • Enhances intuition and creativity
  • Increases sensory perception, expanding awareness and allowing for full enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures
  • Opening up to ones ‘personal medicine’, one’s vocation or calling
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What is a Nature Therapy Walk

Nature and Forest Therapy originated from the Japanese Shinrin Yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’. It was formally developed only in the 1980’s when the Japanese realised that their peoples’ health suffered from stress related diseases. The Japanese culture is well known for their appreciation of nature’s beauty and related wellness for their people!

Indigenous people all over the world know how to allow nature to become one’s healer by simply opening up to its many gifts.  In our modern civilisations time pressure, constant demands and a lack of quiet, natural places are the main cause for high stress levels.

To counteract and balance the effects of stress, true nature connection provides the purest and deepest source of wellness.  Nature connection happens by opening up to the senses rather than entertaining the mind.

Through various invitations to experience the world through our five senses, we also begin to further develop seven more senses.

  • Proprioception (felt body sense)
  • Interoception (awareness of body needs)
  • Mirror
  • Intuition and body radar
  • Feeling (heart sense)
  • Subtle energy sense
  • Imagination

When our senses are switched on and the mind quieted, we can receive what nature has to offer according to our needs.  Since the ill-effects of our technological era have become obvious, our modern world begins to acknowledge the essential need of humans for direct nature connection.

Research in Japan and South Korea have gathered plenty of scientific literature exploring the physiological benefits of Forest Bathing. And while it was expected to have good results, the findings exceeded those expectations by far.

Benefits of Forest Bathing

Many trees give off organic compounds called phytoncides which support our NK cells (natural killer) that are a type of white blood cell and part of the immune system to fight diseases (even cancer) and infections.

  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers cortisol levels, improves sleep and mood
  • Lowers blood pressure thus benefits the heart
  • Increases memory and concentration
  • Enhances intuition and creativity
  • Increases sensory perception, expanding awareness and allowing for full enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures
  • Opening up to ones ‘personal medicine’, one’s vocation or calling

Upcoming Walks 2017

Sundays:

2nd & 30th April   |   14th May

16th & 30th July

13th & 27th August

17th September   |   15th October   |   19th November

Starts:  10 am    Finishes:  1 pm

See Marion at the BurrenBeo Trust Landscape Symposium March 10th – 12th 2017

What Happens on the Walk?

What Happens on a Walk?

On a Nature Therapy walk we guide participants into the ‘Satoyama Zone’ which is the Japanese term to describe that zone between the tamed and the wild world, a safe place to open more fully to the restorative and healing relationships of nature (rather than exposing the client to stressful, challenging experiences).

Every walk begins with practices to open and stimulate sensory perception, which we call ‘Pleasures of Presence’.

Then the guide offers the participants a sequence of ‘Invitations’ (various ways to experience and interact with the natural world) to find that deep nature connection. Entering the liminal time and space, or the ‘place between’ we can get in touch with our wild indigenous soul, allowing understanding and learning from non-ordinary experiences.

Between the various ‘Invitations’ the ‘Council Rounds’ allow for sharing of experiences.

Every walk finishes with a ‘Tea Ceremony’ out in Nature, with greens picked on the walk. A time to reflect and integrate the experiences while slowly coming back into the ordinary tamed world, refreshed, strengthened and inspired.

The walk does not require great fitness, just general mobility.

Why A Guided Walk?

Nature and Forest Therapy Guides are trained to lead and accompany walkers into a deeper experience of nature than most people will allow themselves when simply going for a walk, even if in pristine, unspoiled nature.

Guides learn techniques and approaches to nature that they invite their fellow walkers to experience for themselves, each leading to a slowing down into the present moment where one’s perception is enhanced and expanded beyond the edges of their typical experience of life.

“These approaches rely little upon fact giving and explanation.  Instead they cultivate curiosity, direct experience, and close observation.”        Amos Clifford, Founder of Association of Nature and Forest Therapists.

Your guide will invite you to experience nature in ways that release restrictions to sense perception, and encourage you to perceive with additional senses, such as intuition, imagination and body radar, that for many of us in the modern world remain forgotten, are under utilised and are potentially uncomfortable.

Discomfort can be related to lack of familiarity with nature, fear of nature, lack of respect for nature, personal fears and perhaps unwillingness to slow down and step out of the frantic rush of modern lifestyles, and into the more peaceful and restorative flow of nature.

To diffuse and overcome such edges of discomfort on a nature therapy walk, we tread gently and focus on pleasant sense experiences to bring about a deep, restorative relaxation and stress relief.

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Farm Location: N 53° 2′ 19.98″  E -8° 43′ 59.49″

Tel:  +353 (0)85 145 3535
Crann Og Eco Farm
Derrymore, Drummin, Gort
County Galway, IRELAND, H91 XEY1

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