Bush Therapy

Bush Therapy (trauma-informed)

One large contributor to poor mental is disconnection from country or our environment. Fletcher and Hinkle found that bush adventure therapy programs “were positively associated with personal growth, accountability, support, trust, and a sense of personal energy”. Bush Therapy is the Australian term, but you may have heard it called Forest Bathing in other countries.

Kirsten Dirken from The Forest Bathing Institute interviewed Dr Qing Li and this quote is taken from Dr Quing Li’s book; Shinrin-yoku: The Art and Science of Forest-Bathing”.

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“The good news is that even a small amount of time in nature can have an impact on our health. A two-hour forest bathe will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment to de-stress and relax you. When you connect to nature through all five of your senses, you begin to draw on the vast array of benefits the natural world provides. There is now a wealth of data that proves that Shinrin-yoku can:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Lower stress
  • Improve cardiovascular and metabolic health
  • Help you to lose weight
  • Lower blood-sugar levels
  • Improve concentration and memory
  • Lift depression
  • Increase anti-cancer protein production
  • Improve pain thresholds
  • Improve energy
  • Boost the immune system with an increase in the count of the body’s natural killer (NK) cells” (Quing Li, Forest Medicine).

It should be noted that our service differs in that we also include connection to country, recognition and honouring the Indigenous ancestors of the area where we are delivering our service and utilise a trauma-informed therapeutic approach. It is the combined approach of our glorious wild places and the non-traditional talk therapy that assists people to move through into regulation.

Watch The Science of "forest Bathing"

Please be advised until further notice all of our Trauma-informed Counselling and Transformational Coaching services will be delivered by Online sessions.