Forest Bathing Day Experience:
A real treat for your body and soul

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In cooperation with Utrechts Landschap, who is protecting the forest areas in Utrecht province, Way Back Home is now organizing a series of Shinrin-yoku Day experiences. A day with Forest Bathing is a day full of ultimate stillness in nature where you can easily relax, recharge your batteries, improve your moods and concentration, boost your immune system functioning by breathing in the phytoncides, experience living in the here and now, slow down the stream of habitual thinking, get new insights, get creative and then leave with a big smile on your way back home. You can read more about forest bathing and its benefits here. The Forest Bathing Day Experience is being organized on Sundays, under guidance of a professional Shinrin-yoku guide certified by ANFT

Forest Bathing Day Program

  • 11.00-13.30  Guided Shinrin-yoku forest walk*
  • 13.30-14.30  Forest tea & simple lunch in the forest
  • 14.30-16.30  Guided Creative forest walk**
  • 16.30-           Finishing the day
*During the first Shinrin-yoku forest walk, we’ll dive into the forest and experience living in the here and now. Along the walk in the beautiful forest of Landgoed Heidestein, the participants will be invited to do a few activities. These help to slow down your pace and the stream of habitual thinking, to pay attention to the sensory perceptions and to re-connect with nature and with ourselves. Between the activities, we’ll gather in a listening circle (council). Everyone can share their experience with the group, if they like. Sharing is not mandatory, as silence is also a very powerful way of sharing. The person who is talking, is talking spontaneously from the heart and the rest of the group is listening in a non-judgmental way. 
**After the initial Shinrin-yoku walk, all our 12+ senses will be sharper and more open. We’ll feel more relaxed and connected end this will make us more receptive and open to spontaneous inspiration from the nature and creative insights and ideas. We’ll express these during the creative forest walk. Based on the natural environment, weather and group dynamics. The guide will suggest a few creative activities with natural materials. The focus is not the result, but the process, the here and now end the symbolic value of whatever each one of us will create for themselves. It can easily happen that we’ll get into the playful and creative flow that we’ll feel like time doesn’t exist. What a freedom, in this modern world! We’ll also share our experience with each other. Sharing is never mandatory end everything is welcome!

Four Forest Bathing Days in four Seasons

Since we are part of nature and the natural processes and seasons influence us, it's a beautiful experience to do a day of forest bathing in each of the four seasons. This allows us to observe and reflect upon the changes in nature and in our own lives. To do this, you can subscribe for a package of 4 x Forest Bathing Days. That way, you can sign up for a day of Shinrin-yoku in each of the four seasons, choosing one of the Sunday walks on a date that suits you. You can go once in every season, but of course, you can also do several walks in your favorite season. Like during our walks, nothing is mandatory and everything is welcome.

Costs & Registration
The following prices are incl. the program of a Forest Bathing Day under guidance of a professional Shinrin-yoku guide, a simple lunch, forest tea end some snacks and a little surprise. :) 

  • Forest Bathing Day Experience: EUR 38,- p.p. incl. VAT 
  • 4x Forest Bathing Day: EUR 140,- p.p. incl. VAT
  • Beschermers of Utrechts Landschap: EUR 105,- incl. VAT (instead of EUR 140,-)*
*Utrechts Landschap is offering a discount for all members who help protecting the natural areas. If you become a donateur, you can purchase the 4x Forest Bathing Day with a 25% discount, which is EUR 105,- instead of the full price of EUR 140,-. Read here for more information abut how to become donateur and get a 25% discount for the 4x Forest Bathing Day Experience package. 
Click on the button below to see the dates of the coming Forest Bathing Days and to register for your (4x) Forest Bathing Day Experience.

Location

For the Forest Bathing Days, we use several trails of the natural area of Landgoed Heidestein in Zeist. Meeting point: Parking at the entrance to Landgoed Heidestein, Prinses Margrietlaan 369 in Zeist.

What to take & weather

It's good to have a rain jacket / coat with you in every season, and of course warm clothes in the winter. I advise comfortable shoes for easy trails and a water bottle. 

The min. amount of participants for a Forest Bathing Day to take place is three persons. Due to water conditions, we might postpone the Day to another date. In that case, I'll contact you with alternative dates to choose from.


Feedback from participants:

"Forest therapy is a relaxed way of reconnecting with nature and your (deeper) self. It’s a necessity for everyone…especially in these times."

"I came to connect with nature and possibly meet nice people. Both happened in abundance."

“I felt considerably more peaceful, less physically tense, and I noticed a sharpening and richening of my perceptions. I have noticed that I am thinking less agitatedly. It is a wonderful gift to be able to slow down and connect to nature. We were guided through the activities very gently and clearly, which helped a lot.”

"I felt very refreshed and energized after the walk. Much calmer and happier than before."

"This was an amazing activity and to me also a way to forget all my daily worries and tasks. I realized I really need to find more time to relax this way in my daily life."




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'When we go into a forest that has not been interfered with by man, our thinking mind will see only disorder and chaos all around us. It won't even be able to differentiate between life (good) and death (bad) anymore since everywhere new life grows out of rotting and decaying matter. Only if we are still enough inside and the noise of thinking subsides can we become aware that there is a hidden harmony here, a sacredness, a higher order in which everything has its perfect place and could not be other than what it is and the way it is (...) As soon as you sense that hidden harmony, that sacredness, you realize you are not separate from it, and when you realize that, you become a conscious participant in it. In this way, nature can help you become realigned with the wholeness of life.' - Eckhart Tolle