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‘Forest bathing’ at Nymans

Heard about the Japanese wellness concept of Forest Bathing? You can try led and self guided sessions At Nymans this spring

Have you heard the new buzzword ‘forest bathing’? It sounds alarmingly like rolling about naked in pine needles (ouch!) but it’s actually a Japanese concept just catching on over here that simply means immersion in nature.

Photo by Andrew Butler

The ‘bathing’ is metaphorical and the idea is that there are great wellness benefits to simply spending more time away from our devices and out among the trees. Some NHS doctors in Shetland have even started prescribing nature walks instead of pills for certain conditions.

National Trust site Nymans at Haywards Heath has a host of initiatives coming up to help you embrace the concept.

Throughout this spring and summer, forest bathing expert Helena Skoog will be leading sessions in the Nymans Woodland to help you calm your mind and open your senses.

Heath Garden by Andrew Butler

Meanwhile, in the garden, you can be led on a mindfulness walk that will help you tune out your inner chatter and tune in to the natural world (I need some of that!)

Photo by Andrew Butler

If you’d rather guide yourself, simply take a stroll around the gardens and look out for the Wellness Trail featuring signposts with inspiring words in some of the top spots for a bit of reflection.

If you’re visiting Nymans as a family there are still ample opportunities for a bit of nature immersion following the school holidays trails. First up, this half term, is a music-themed trail along with a chance to make instruments from natural objects.

The Cadbury Easter Trail meanwhile will be inspired by the Sir Quentin Black story The Green Ship about children having adventures aboard a leafy vessel they find in a garden.

Photo by Andrew Honour

If you’re really inspired to celebrate Spring, you can even sing about it on one of the Springsong community choir days coming up from March to celebrate the National Trust’s 125th birthday.

nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans

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