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 Forest Therapy in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Support your wellbeing with a relaxing guided Forest Therapy session in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Your guide will take you along a tailor-made trail in a small group of 10 participants or less. You’ll be invited to try various activities designed to increase your awareness of nature while calming your nervous system. Principles of Shinrin-yoku and mindfulness meditation will be introduced to provide you with a holistic experience of nature and its health boosting qualities.

In the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, a vibrant variety of plants awaits you. We’ll wander through a few different areas, such as the babbling falls in the rainforest, relax on the green lawns, and/or notice the curiously patterned American trees.

There’s nothing to ‘get right’ or ‘do wrong’ here, rather you’ll be in a safe space to explore nature’s beauty at a slow, calm pace. It’s an ideal activity to deeply recover your sense of inner calm, tend to mental fatigue, and connect with other people peacefully.

So come as you are – you don’t require any previous meditation experience to join Forest Therapy sessions. We stroll along at a gentle pace, so fitness needn’t be a concern either.

When

Weekends, morning or afternoon sessions

Cost

$50 $25pp SALE use code SUMMER2021

Start and end

Meet in front of the Auditorium building. (Map shown in second image in gallery above)

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, a small bag/cloth to sit on if grass bothers you, a small notepad and pens/pencils

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.