Nature Therapy Adelaide

Forest Bathing | Ocean Therapy

Corporate and accessible event enquiries welcome
Facilitated by our certified nature therapy guide

 

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Lisa Murphy
ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy)

Nature Therapy with Forest Bathing

Nature Therapy with Forest Bathing

Experience a deeper connection with nature. Relax your mind and body.

Nature therapy with forest bathing experiences occur amongst stunning and quiet surrounds. These peaceful sessions will connect you to nature.
Each experience caters for small groups. Included is a slow mindful forest walk, plus invitations to connect with nature. A tea ceremony and healthy snacks are also provided in natures peaceful surrounds.
If you are looking to join a public session, the environment we connect with is at Belair National Park. For corporate and private sessions, the location and duration is flexible. All the places we visit will have carparking and bathroom facilities nearby.

About Forest Bathing

Originating in Japan, Forest Bathing or ‘Shinrin-yoku’ is a Japanese practice.

Its popularity grew in the 1980’s, yet its roots go back centuries. The term ‘shinrin-yoku’ loosely translates to ‘forest bath’. Meaning to connect with nature and to soak in its beneficial atmosphere.
Japans relationship with the natural environment is deep. It’s one of the most intimate, and harmonious relationships in the modern world. This relationship has benefited the people over many years. Helping reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improving their immune system.
Following research into its health benefit. Now, this experience is becoming available in other countries.

Our journey to nature therapy walks

It all started after returning from a pilgrimage trek to Japan in early 2018. Inspired by what we experienced, we started including periods of silence during our guided walks.

After introducing these mindful minutes, our walkers reported the positive impact it was having on them. They enjoyed the chance to appreciate the wonderful nature surrounding them.  This small act of connection was inviting moments of nature therapy into our walks.

Seeking a deeper understanding Lisa undertook training. She become a trained Forest Therapy Guide through ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) in 2021. Now, Lisa facilitates opportunities for others to connect deeply with nature.

Adelaide and South Australia is very fortunate to have a wonderful natural environment. As this varying landscape is nearby it allows us to offer nature therapy in the forest and also by the coast.

We currently offer ‘nature therapy with forest bathing’ experiences on Kaurna Country. We acknowledge and pay our respects to First Nations peoples and recognise their continued connection to the lands in which we visit.

Details

  • Type: Nature Therapy with Forest Bathing
  • Destination: Belair, South Australia (other locations by request)
  • Traditional Country: Kaurna
  • Group Size: Max 12 plus facilitator
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Mornings: 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Afternoons: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Price: From $50 per person
  • When: See calendar
  • Private sessions: Get in touch

Inclusions

  • Invitations to connect with nature
  • Mindful slow forest walk
  • Tea ceremony and snacks
  • Park fees

Fitness Requirement

  • A minimal level of fitness is required for this experience
  • The terrain is mostly flat with only slight gradients
  • Walking distance approximately 2 km at a slow pace
  • Trail rating: Easy

Facilitator

  • Lisa Murphy (ANFT)

Testimonials

“This was an incredible experience that allowed me to reconnect with myself, my partner and nature. I feel more relaxed, happy and energised. I can’t wait to come back”
“Worth every cent. The ability to lose yourself in nature was great”

Nature Therapy by the Ocean

Nature Therapy by the Ocean

Experience the healing benefits through ocean therapy.

Our nature therapy ‘ocean therapy’ experiences in Adelaide occur along a quiet and picturesque beach location. Our meeting point has carparking and bathroom facilities nearby.

Each small group experience includes slow mindful walking along sand dune and beach. The sand dune walk is through coastal vegetation on a compacted trail. Invitations to connect with nature and a tea ceremony with snacks are also included.


Why bonding with nature is important

We work too hard.  Finding balance is the new challenge.

Everyday stresses impact on our health in a range of ways both mentally and physically but most of us find it difficult to change our hectic lifestyles or even time or routine for mindfulness.

The benefit nature provides has been scientifically proven with research showing that spending time connecting with nature can reduce high blood pressure and lower heart rates. Plus boost the immune system and increase feelings of wellbeing.

Nature offers a unique therapy that gives us the opportunity to slow us down, deepen our connection to the earth and heighten the senses.

Nature therapy is a way to wellness.

We currently offer ‘nature therapy by the ocean’ experiences on Kaurna Country. We acknowledge and pay our respects to First Nations peoples and recognise their continued connection to the coast in which we visit.

Details

  • Type: Nature Therapy by the Ocean
  • Destination: Adelaide coast, South Australia
  • Traditional Country: Kaurna
  • Group Size: Max 12 plus facilitator
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Start: 9:00am
  • Finish: 12:00pm
  • Price: From $50 per person
  • When: See calendar
  • Private sessions: Get in touch

Inclusions

  • Invitations to connect with nature
  • Tea ceremony and snacks
  • Mindful slow beach and sand dune walk

Fitness Requirement

  • A minimal level of fitness is required for this experience
  • The terrain is mostly flat with only slight gradients
  • Walking distance approximately 2 km at a slow pace
  • Trail rating: Easy

Facilitator

  • Lisa Murphy (ANFT)