Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Make sure to book your spot for nature therapy - Image: Held Outside Guided Nature Therapy FB
Proudly organised as part of Sunshine Coast Council's Healthy Sunshine Coast program
, Finding Presence in Nature will be hosted outdoors, by Held Outside Guided Nature Therapy
, at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens
🌳 What is nature therapy?
What IS nature therapy? Image: Held Outside Guided Nature Therapy FB
As most of us know, spending time outdoors in nature has many benefits for our mental, physical and social wellbeing. But, according to those in the know, spending time in nature mindfully
or in the practice of nature/forest therapy, can increase these benefits in participants, helping to develop a stronger relationship with nature, sometimes referred to as a 'connection to country
'. While enhancing individual health and resiliency, this quality of nature connection can also support intrinsic pro-environmental behaviours.
Image: Held Outside Guided Nature Therapy FB
Drawing on the principles of nature therapy also known as forest bathing, the Finding Presence in Nature
sessions encourage participants to explore, helping to relax the body and connect with nature. Activities will include grounding in present awareness, wanders through the gardens, an opportunity to interact with other participants as well as small adventures in creativity.
🌳 The nitty-gritties of nature therapy sessions:
Water always has a calming effect ... Image: Elaine de Wet, author
The sessions will be run on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month. Ages 8 plus are all welcome.
Registered participants are welcome to pay cash on the day ($10 or $5 concession) or card online here
($10/$5 plus booking fee).
Materials will be provided. Please bring a water bottle and ensure you are comfortably dressed for a slow, relaxing afternoon in the gardens.
Tranquil - Image: Elaine de Wet, author
Please aim to arrive 10 minutes early to allow you to be ready for the starting time. Latecomers will not get the full experience.
Please meet at the Kurrajong Shelter. To get there from the main entrance at the bottom end of the carpark, go across the bridge and turn right.
At the final part of the walk, participants will enjoy a small tea ritual.
Healthy Sunshine Coast request all participants to register their participation ONCE ONLY
for all programs, prior to participating, at this highlighted linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RD5HRHV
'Feel held, outside' - Image: Held Outside Guided Nature Therapy FB
Come together to delight in the simple pleasures and gentle, healing qualities of nature at the Sunday forest therapy sessions at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.
Images as indicated