Journeys & Workshops for creative inspiration and nature connection. Shinrin-Yoku
Emma is an Expressive artist and Nature and Forest therapy guide living and working in Devon, England.
'Born in London in 1971, to an English father and an Australian mother, I was blessed with daily childhood visits to Kew Gardens. The smell of their hothouses forever lingers in my scent memory. When I was four years old my family moved to the west coast of Scotland, where I spent the best part of my childhood; climbing the hills, sailing the lochs and exploring the glens.
Due to my mother’s origins I was lucky enough to visit South Australia as a child, where I was overwhelmed by the immense blue skies that contrast with the rich ochres of the land. I believe it was there that I became a colour junky and I have been ‘tripping’ on nature’s pallet ever since.'
“I believe Nature needs us and we need we need to remember we are part of it to find balance, joy and connection in our lives.“
All through my life I have found great healing, inspiration and joy spending time in Nature. It has always been essential to my all round well being. I walk slowly every day in the woods, gathering little treasures of natural wonder, feeling the elements on my skin and opening up to see and hear the plants, trees and woodland inhabitants. I have discovered that this daily practice has been named Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) by the Japanese. I call them Wanders for Wellbeing.
Since the 1980’s the Japanese have been conducting studies into the health benefits of spending time in the Forest. All over the world there is arising more and more scientific evidence for what we know to be true… Nature is good for you. It’s where we come from. We are part of it. We evolved with it. It is our natural environment, as opposed to the concrete cities we have created. It is through our separation that we are getting sick and the environment is getting sick without us tending and respecting it. The tide is turning and embracing a regular dose of Nature into your life, however that looks, is the first step. The trees are waiting for you. I’m here to help.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Reduced blood pressure
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy level
My Wanders for Wellbeing offer you an actively held safe space in which to connect with the more than human world and your own being. I curate and plan a route which will offer you safely the best environment for the weather and season so you can relax deeply into the experience.
I craft invitations to awaken and engage your all your senses and stir your imagination. I help you to slow down and let go of your busy mind to find pleasure, awe and wonder in the moment. I offer a non-judgemental and supportive safe space to share with others on the walk your insights and experience. Each journey is concluded with a special tea ceremony with tea made from foraged plants on the walk.
My Creative journeys offer all the above and more. Combining my expressive arts and celebrant skills I curate a journey where we explore and receive the wisdom and medicine of the forest, find creative expression through the mediums of ephemeral art, creative writing and authentic ritual in a reverently playful and spontaneous state of being.