Body-Centered Relaxation  - Sensory Restoration - Life Guidance - Energy Revitalization 

Cultivating Belonging Through Sensory Restoration.

Re-Inhabiting the Subtle World of your Senses

Forest Therapy, also known as forest bathing and shinrin-yoku, is a therapeutic practice that brings people into the forest and supports them to an inner state of relaxation and restoration through doing a series of sensory oriented invitations in connection with the forest. It is a gentle, physically undemanding practice that takes place in an area of forest or along a forest trail and supports the health of both humans and forests. The therapeutic benefits of this practice are primarily attributed to the interaction and relationship between the client and the forest environment, with the forest therapy guide utilizing the best practices for bringing the client into this relationship. It is a practice within the larger field of eco-therapy and ecopsycology. There are many proven physiological and mental health benefits to this practice, including lowered blood pressure and stress indicators, lowered depression and heightened mental ability. The term 'forest bathing' refers to the relaese of phytoncides by trees, volatile essential oils that give us the therapeutic benefits of a wild aromatherpy session.

A session is typically 2-4 hrs long and consists of a serious of invitations following the standard flow model. There is a breathing in and out of group and personal time. The group time primarily consists of sharing circles that support the deepening and integration of the experience. Forest therapy focuses on pleasurable experiences as a gateway into the relaxation of the body and a deepening of connection with the forest environment. It is typical for participants to feel unusually relaxed and have greater clarity about their lives during and after a forest therapy session.

Personal and Group Sessions

One-on-one session(2-3hrs long): €45/hr

Group booking (maximum of 15 people, 2-4 hrs long): €100/hr

Please conatct me at mariabuitenhuis@gmail.com for personal and group bookings.

Forest therapy guide trainings

Through GIFT (Global Institute of Forest Therapy) I offer 6 month long trainings to become a certified forest therapy guide. Our international forest therapy guide certification training provides the skills and confidence for you to become a forest therapy guide, giving you the tools needed to be a professional practitioner in an exponentially growing field of inspiring and holistic health-care that is breaking new ground in human and planetary health. Through taking our training you will also become part of an experienced international community of forest therapy guides who together are continuously expanding the frontier of this practice forward to reach an ever-increasing spectrum of clients and health-care professionals. Please visit www.giftoftheforest.com for further information.

 

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