“Trees know when we are close by.
The chemistry of their roots
and the perfumes of their leaves
pump out change when we're near...
when you feel good after a walk in the woods,
it may be that certain species are bribing you”
― Richard Powers The Overstory
A series of short videos, 'Walk Well' from posture, gait and breathing, connecting to nature, mindfulness to gear and equipment.
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A whole spectrum of quick simple steps to improve your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Heather is a qualified Bush Craft Leader, Bronze Navigation and Nordic Walking Instructor. Along with a life long passion for the outdoors and love of nature. Heather brings the elements of nature into many aspects of her sessions and is currently training for a diploma in Shinrin-Yoku.
Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.”
So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.
It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge.
Nordic Walking will recommence as soon as we are able.
(We are currently online during lockdown)
Virtual Fridays 9.45am here
We are anticipating a return to gathering outdoors 31st March.
Bookings will be up on the website asap.
Sessions will be
Wednesday 11am Gentle Walk, including mindfulness,
walking meditation, engaging senses, forest/nature bathing if we are in woodland, with or without poles.
Fridays 9.45am Deliberate Pace
for competent walkers with Nordic poles (included)
“This is not our world with trees in it.
It's a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.”
― Richard Powers , The Overstory
Walking through green spaces can create the calmness needed for reflection.
It’s in this calm, quiet reflective state that creativity can flourish.
Our connection to nature is the understanding and experiencing
of the web of life we are part of. This brings a bigger picture and deepening awareness to our wellbeing and the earth.
Research from Nippon Medical School in Tokyo shows a nature walk changes blood flow in the brain to a state of relaxation. If we are in theta brain waves we are more creative, have more coherance in our thoughts and access to a heart intelligence.
Our brain gently registers the wind in leaves and the sound of the waves revitalizing a fatigued mind.
Trees naturally give off something called ‘phytoncides’ or ‘wood’ essential oils, which have a beneficial effect on our nervous systems.
Heather organizes regular walks. Check out our Walk Well days.
Like a mother opening her arms
Woodland wraps their love around me
feeling present moment
rich earth smell
Ash slowly approaches
brushing a leaf against my cheek,
I pause and tears run down
a wind blown cheek.
So much held inside me
gently pours out.
From my mouth a whisper emerges, a sound meaning thank you.