well-natured wandering

Upcoming Events

Family Forest Play Sessions

Many families and children are spending less time outdoors and less time together. Nature is calling us to reconnect. This session is all about doing that in fun and simple ways! Bring the family along to wander with a certified Forest Therapy Guide and enjoy nature-based play activities. Getting outdoors is a great way to support the minds of your young ones and balance that screen time with green time! Some simple principles of Shinrin-yoku and mindfulness will be shared to provide a hands-on introduction to nature’s health boosting qualities.

Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is in a Australian bushland setting with plenty of tall trees and pram-friendly walking paths to explore together.

John Oxley Reserve provides green lawns and a playground beneath many shady trees as well as a winding walking path through the forest.

Maiala Picnic Ground on Mt Glorious is a lush green setting beside an exciting rainforest trail to adventure along.

Start and end

Karawatha – meet in front of the Discovery Centre

John Oxley Reserve – Meet at the entrance to the Playground

Maiala – Meet at the entrance to the Rainforest Track at the end of the lower car park


Weekday afternoons


Free if sponsored, otherwise $10 per child (please also book for adults attending)

Please wear

Comfortable, enclosed shoes, sun-safe clothing and insect repellent. In the case of light rain, bring a rain coat. In the case of heavy rain, the session will be postponed.

Please bring

A water bottle, snacks if needed, a small notepad and a pen/pencil

John Oxley Reserve

Thursday, 21st Jan, 3:30-5pm. Sponsored by the Moreton Bay Regional Council (FREE)

Background Info

Forest therapy is an evidence-based, research-supported Public health practice that originates from Japan where it is known as Shinrin-yoku (translating to 'immersion in the forest atmosphere' or 'forest bathing').

It came about as an intervention for the intense stress levels experienced by the working population. Nowadays, doctors in Japan can provide green prescriptions to stressed out patients because they know nature's important capacity to recuperate our mental and physical health. With so many beautiful natural spaces around Australia, it only makes sense that we make the most of them to boost public health and wellbeing.

There are many important mental and physical benefits awaiting you, such as

  • reduced blood pressure (systolic and diastolic)
  • lowered pulse rate
  • reduced stress hormone (cortisol) level
  • reduced anxiety
  • surge in the activity of cancer- and tumor-fighting blood cells (‘natural killer’ cells)
  • active exposure to anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-viral substances emitted by trees and plants (phytoncides)
  • increased happiness and positive mood
  • enhanced energy level
  • better concentration

Well-Natured Wandering

Immerse Yourself in a Forest Therapy Experience

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the Traditional Custodions of the land on which Well-Natured Wandering practices Forest Therapy. Sincere respect goes to the Elders, past, present and emerging as the holders of the memories, the traditions, the culture and the spiritual wellbeing of the diverse nations across Australia.