The primary goal of Forest Bathing, Forest Therapy or Shinrin-Yoku is to support the wellness and health of participants through guided immersive experiences in forests and other naturally healing environments and to help them reconnect with nature and the more-than-human world. Forest Therapy sessions are gentle walks with a guide providing instructions - referred to as invitations - for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence, as defined by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place, followed by a series of connective invitations, mobilizing the power of the senses, often adapted to the location and the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a tea ceremony, sharing tea made from foraged local plants, possibly reflecting on the experience. Guided Forest Therapy consists of a brief, seemingly simple journey. For all its apparent simplicity, it often surprises people with its transformative power. There are many empirically demonstrated physical, mental and spiritual benefits of this practice. For more information about Forest Bathing see www.skogsbad.no and www.waybackhome.info

Description of the retreat

The Forest Bathing Retreat is our invitation to you to re-connect with your true self, nature and other human or non-human beings through guided immersion in the beautiful nature at the Norwegian Nøsen Yoga Retreat, a high-mountain lodge, surrounded by pristine lakes, meadows, waterfalls and forests. The program of the retreat is designed to help you opening your senses, getting naturally mindful, calm, connected, refreshed and renewed. Trained by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, the guides are trained to enhance sensory perception, facilitating connection with place, body, nature and the more-than-human world. They can help you to slow down, turn off the stream of habitual thinking and establish embodied contact with the present moment. They work in partnership with Nature and also have a function of a supportive witness, enabling participants to experience whatever the natural environment has to offer to them at the moment. The retreat is a real treat for anyone looking for more connection, focus, creativity and relaxation, boosting their immune system and improving their physical, mental and spiritual health at the same time.

Programme

We’ll start with an optional welcome dinner and introduction on Thursday, 4th October 2018. The Forest Bathing program will start on Friday 5th October and finish on Sunday 7th October 2018. Participants can choose to stay longer and book some extra days in the lodge to enjoy the location.

Thursday 4th October 2018  

  • 15.00-19.00                Arrival and pickup arrangements
  • 19.00-20.00               Dinner

Friday 5th October 2018

  • 09.00-10.00               Breakfast
  • 10.00-13.00                Guided Shinrin- Yoku walk
  • 13.00-14.00                Lunch
  • 15.00-18.00                Guided Shinrin- Yoku walk
  • 19.00-20.00                Dinner
  • 20.30-21.30                Storytelling in circle around fire

Saturday 6th October 2018:

  • 09.00-10.00               Breakfast
  • 10.00-13.00                Creative walk
  • 13.00-14.00                 Lunch
  • 15.00-18.00                 Medicine walk and sharing circle
  • 19.00-20.00                 Dinner
  • 20.30-21.30                 Barefoot evening Shinrin-Yoku walk

Sunday 7th October 2018

  • 09.00-10.00               Breakfast
  • 10.00-13.00                Guided Shinrin-Yoku walk
  • 13.00-14.00                 Lunch and departure

Costs & what is included

Total price per person: NOK 3850,- /NOK 4750,- (shared/single room accommodation)

Price is including:

  • A 3-day Forest Bathing Retreat (see schedule)
  • Accommodation in a shared or a single room at Nøsen Yoga and Mountain Lodge for 3 nights (participants can prolong their stay if they like) incl. linen and towels
  • Three vegetarian meals a day, starting with a dinner on Thursday evening (dinner) and finishing with Sunday lunch
  • Complementary coffee and tea throughout the day

What to bring

  • Be sure to bring a daypack, water bottle, and sunscreen. Please bring a rain and wind jacket and some warm clothing. Comfortable shoes for walking on easy trails are needed.

About the guides

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ANFT guide Silje Michaela Kvalheim

Silje Michaela Kvalheim is a trained guide through the Ass.of Forest Therapy Guides and Programs in USA. Silje is an intuitive, forest loving and sense/sensual guide who lives for ”embodiment”, instinctual living and the connection and relation between humans and the ”non- human world” in her life, works as a guide and as an artist. She is a dancer, and also has alot of experience with embodiment work, yoga and various mindfullness practices.

ANFT guide Kat Novotna

Kat is a Forest Therapy guide trained by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Her passion and element is to help people slow down, calm down and create an enjoyable and inspiring atmosphere in the group, so that people can connect to nature, their true self and others. In her guiding, she combines techniques of forest therapy with creativity of all kinds and melodic percussion playing a handpan-like Guda drum.

 

«A fantastic guided tour in the forest with all the elements. Good for heart, mind and soul» 

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