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Nature Journaling & Mindfulness Session

These nature journaling sessions are about allowing calmness, deeply noticing nature, loosening the grip of self criticism, letting your creativity flow, having a chat and tea in a relaxed space, and enjoying the view over the river. We bring the outdoors to you in the form of small pot plants, plant clippings and imagery of nature. These are the focus of our nature journaling activities.

Your guide, a certified Forest Therapy Guide and environmental scientist, will take you through the following

  • Arrival with tea/coffee
  • A simple, guided meditation to help you become more present & relaxed
  • Introduce you to the health and wellbeing benefits of noticing nature and allowing creativity
  • Guide you through some nature journaling activities (based on pot plants and clippings)
  • Concluding discussion and reflecting on noticing nature in this session

It’s not about creating a new Mona Lisa, it’s just about letting yourself express something in response to nature, whether that’s to draw/colour/paint/doodle/write/create poems/visualise etc. This is a self care practice because noticing nature has calming effects on our brain and nervous systems (even in picture form). Some people feel anxious about writing or drawing, or are very disconnected from nature, but with a little encouragement and guidance, there’s a beautifully nourishing connection to be made.

When

6:45 – 8:30pm, second and fourth Monday
8th & 22nd February
8th & 22nd March
12th & 26th April

Cost

Adults $30 | U18/concession $20
Book 3 sessions save $10
Book all 6 sessions save $30

Where

A lovely little hall overlooking the river known as South Brisbane Sailing Club, West End
68 Hill End Terrace, West End QLD 4101
Free parking right next to it

Please wear

Comfortable casual clothes

Please bring

A mug for tea/coffee. You’re welcome to bring any of your own notebook/art paper, colours, pencils, pens, and your favourite pot plant if you’d like. Some journaling supplies, and plants will be provided.

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.