Finding Presence in Nature at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

Finding Presence in Nature at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens


Posted 2023-02-15 by Elainefollow

Sun 11 Jun 2023

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 .

& #127795 ; What is nature therapy?

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.

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.

& #127795 ; The nitty-gritties of nature therapy sessions:

  • A maximum of twenty spots per session. First off, please register online here with Healthy Sunshine Coast and complete the short waiver form to save time.
  • 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.

  • 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 link

  • 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.

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    !date 11/06/2023 -- 11/06/2023
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