1 Day | Forest Mere | From £135pp

Forest Bathing Spa Day Retreat

with Philippa Bassett

Forest Bathing+ enables you to spend mindful time in nature. It involves walking slowly under the canopy of the trees, inhaling the healing woodland air, meditating and connecting with nature via each of your senses.
Forest Bathing+ is based on the Japanese practice of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ and aims to bring about a serene feeling of relaxation and calm within your body, helping to restore balance and harmony. This is achieved by incorporating a mindfulness practice, which is central to Forest Bathing+. As you journey through the delightful woodland at Forest Mere, you will be guided through various structured sensory exercises which will allow you to experience the Forest from different perspectives, all while inhaling the fresh Forest air. 

About your Forest Bathing+ Guide, Philippa Bassett

Philippa trained with the leading research and training organisation in the UK, The Forest Bathing Institute, and her training is accredited by The Complementary Medical Association. Philippa is also a fully qualified Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher. As Forest Bathing+ is underpinned by a mindfulness practice, your session will engage each of the senses to bring about a full body feeling of wellbeing, relaxation and harmony with nature. 

As a holistic health practitioner, Philippa’s aim is to assist guests in enhancing their natural health and well-being and to achieve a sense of overall calm and balance. You will gain insight into practicing mindfulness in nature and learn some valuable skills that can be used on a daily basis in your life. 

Retreat inclusions

How does it work?

Trees emit essential oils known as phytoncides, which possess natural, antimicrobial qualities to protect the tree from disease and parasites. These oils are highly beneficial to each of us when we breathe them in, or when we absorb them through our skin. It is estimated that up to 50% of the benefit of Forest Bathing is proven to come from these phytoncides, which are emitted by the trees, particularly when you are walking within a more diverse forest environment.
Indeed, there have been numerous scientific studies over the last 30 years, particularly in Japan, which provide evidence of the many benefits of Forest Bathing. These benefits include boosting your immune system, improving cognitive brain function - including memory and concentration, increasing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) - an indicator of good cardiovascular health and balance in the nervous system, aiding weight loss due to an increase in your metabolic rate and helping you to sleep much better!

These benefits result from spending longer periods of time under the forest canopy and inhaling the phytoncides and higher oxygen content of the air. These factors combine to help to reduce our cortisol levels, which in turn helps us to relax, reduces stress, anxiety and rumination on problems and worries. Therefore, we feel a lot calmer, happier and more relaxed.

During the 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session, you will learn some useful tips which will help you to fully immerse yourself into the stunning Surrey woodland countryside, within the tranquil setting at Champneys Forest Mere. The session finishes with a calming meditation and an opportunity to share any insights and observations from the day with the group. 

Standard inclusions

Forest Bathing Spa Day Retreat
Champneys foundations:
  • Arrival from 9am
  • Healthy lunch
  • Up to 20 additional Champneys fitness classes per day
  • Use of Champneys facilities
  • Option to add spa treatments
  • A fluffy robe to wear during your visit, Champneys flip flops and tote to keep
  • Depart Champneys (6pm)

Retreat inclusions

From £135pp
Standard inclusions, plus:
  • Introduction to Forest Bathing+ and a little bit about the science behind it, understanding why nature and especially trees help us to de-stress, relax and feel so much better – venue Knowledge Pod
  • A guided 3-hour nature session in the woodland area at Forest Mere, which is underpinned by a Mindfulness and Meditation practice. You will also learn some unique and useful tips to augment both your sense of smell and hearing.
  • The session will close with a meditation or ‘Treelaxation’ and an opportunity to share observations and insights about the day.
  • The woodland trail will be planned to be easily accessible for everyone. Do please remember to bring a picnic blanket or yoga mat to do your ‘Treelaxation’. Do please bring a fold up chair if you require this for the meditation and water bottle - water bottles can be purchased on site.

Book now

Call 0343 226 2222

Email cer@champneys.com

Retreat terms & conditions

There is a minimum number of people required for the break to run. Breaks will be cancelled if numbers are insufficient two weeks before the start of the break.

Retreat sold out?

If you find the retreat you were looking for is sold out or your preferred room type is not available, please email cer@champneys.com and include the title and date of the retreat you would like to book.

Alternatively, please call us on 0343 210 1939. We often have reserved spaces available, which do not appear on the website.

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