Outdoor Wellness Journeys
Welcome to Outdoor Wellness Journeys - designed and led by women for women
I am offering forest bathing guided eco-coaching walks and hikes for the active busy woman in the Central Plateau / New Zealand.
An invitation to escape your busy life, rediscover yourself, find stillness, and
simply JUST BE while nourishing your spirit with nature. This is the ultimate sensory rehabilitation for your soul.
Outdoor Wellness Journeys offers women an opportunity to step out of their busy lives and to take a break for a half or full day walking in nature. Reconnect yourself back to your roots, senses, body, and emotions. Using nature as the magical healing compound.
Spending time in nature supports and aids immensely in how we see and work with problems and issues that we are facing. Being away from our usual surroundings and emerging into nature we are then able to begin to see and create different ways to solve a current issue by developing a changed perspective on how we see and deal with problems. This gives us an opportunity to create new positive energy, make new choices, create action steps and instigate that much-wanted change we'd love to see and yearn for to create a more authentic, balanced and fulfilled life for ourselves.
I am basing Outdoor Wellness Journeys on the principles of forest bathing, which originates from Japan and came alive in the 1980's:
This Japanese physiological and psychological practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin-yoku and has been implemented into the Japanese Health System since 1982 by the Director General of the Agency of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. He stated that the people of Japan were in need of healing through nature, and the purpose also was to offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout and to inspire residents to reconnect with and protect the country's forests.
Forest bathing basically means immersing yourself into nature, using and being aware of your 6 senses. By walking slowly and being mindful you become aware of your senses - smell, touch, sound, taste, sight and your inner chi - and also of your surroundings. You essentially have a 'bath' in nature and absorb the forest or nature's atmosphere. Each walk you do is unique, depending on the setting and time of the day, the weather and the surroundings you are in. I am taking bits and pieces out of the wonderful and magical forest bathing practice and combining them with my health and wellness coaching experience and knowledge - known as Eco- or Nature-coaching.
Principles and focuses of forest bathing :
- To open up and re-connect with your senses
- To be present. Slowing down, being still and mindful
- To be aware. Of self and surroundings, to realise and reflect
- To identify. Who am I? Accept, understand and let go
- To connect. With yourself, your senses and nature
Core values and benefits of Outdoor Wellness Journey's hikes and walks / forest bathing :
- Guided nature experience/eco-coaching:
Each hike/walk is an opportunity of rediscovering and challenge in a supportive environment - nature as the natural therapist, the coach as a guide, who slows you down and deepens the discipline and offers conversations in stops/breaks to work through thoughts, emotions and sensations. A chance to be heard and listened to.
- Promotes and supports a heightened feeling of well-being:
Being in nature restores our mood, eases our stress and worry, and gives us back vitality and energy – refreshing and rejuvenating, being in nature also gives us a sense of comfort. A chance to bring more quality into your life.
- Awareness and clarity through a quieter mind
- Creativity and perception:
New ideas materialize on walks in nature, gaining new ways of looking at an old problem, finding a new solution/action steps
- Physical health benefits of walking in nature:
Reduces blood pressure, lowers stress, improves cardiovascular and metabolic health, lowers blood sugar levels, improves concentration, memory, and mood, lifts depression, decreases anxiety and anger, improves pain thresholds and energy (levels), strengthens the immune system with an increased count of the body's natural killer (NK) cells, increases anti-cancer protein production, helps losing weight, suppresses the sympathetic or 'flight or fight' system, enhances the parasympathetic or 'rest and recover/digest' system, can help to get better sleep