Shinrin-yoku Nature Walk

Where : Balls Head Reserve - Waverton. Meet Mayu at Balls Head Reserve (Southern end of Balls Head Drive, Waverton) at 9.45am.

What to bring :

* Water

* Hat

* Sunscreen

* Good walking shoes (no sandals)

* Wear long socks to cover ankle (to avoid from mosquito/insects bites)

* Wear long sleeves & trousers (to avoid from mosquito/insects bites)

* Rain jacket (depends on the weather)

"Shinrin" means Forest, "Yoku" means Bathing. Shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. You bathe in the environment of the forest, using all your senses to experience nature upclose. It is a simple natural therapy which has been done for many years.

With Shinrin-Yoku, trees provides fresh oxygen so you can take a deeper breath and the green colours of the leaves sooth your eyes, sounds of birds and water from creek calm the noise in your head and you feel the breeze on your skin.

Enjoy a peaceful forest walk and explore your creativity by connecting with nature! This is a gentle way to release your stress/anxiety.

At the end of the walk over Japanese tea and snacks.


* Introduction (10min) → Slow forest walk(1 hour) → Japanese tea & snacks (1 hour)

Materials List

*Sturdy shoes for walking *Water bottle *Hat *Sunscreen *Yoga mat *NOTE: all adult classes are for ages 18+ only, unless otherwise specified

Tutor: Mayu Kataoka

Mayu Kataoka is a Sydney based Tree photographer & Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Japan Forest Therapy Society & International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA). Originally born in Japan, Mayu moved to Sydney in 2003 after falling in love with Australia when working as a volunteer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. Over the past 10 years the path of Mayu's "trees & nature" photography has led her to a new career as a "Forest Therapy Guide" where she offers therapeutic & mindfulness nature walks to a range of people and organisations. "I really believe that nature already knew the reason as to why I have been so involved with tree photography. During this period, nature has been talking to me through a multitude of experiences, sights, sounds, touch and the scent of the forest. She has taught me so much and I believe she chose me for this new career, for which I am so grateful.”