Ann from Xhale was interviewed in this Belfast Telegraph article from November 13th, discussing the benefits of “Shinrin Yoku” (forest bathing), it’s benefits, and ways to take part.
Ann told Weekend that “Autumn and its changing beauty is the perfect season to practice mindfulness.”
Through “Xhale”, Ann delivers a number of Shinrin Yoku/Forest Bathing experiences around Slieve Gullion including a half day experience called “Awakening Your Senses” and retreats at Killeavy Castle Estate, Bluebell Lane Glamping & Kribben Cottages in the Mournes. She supports locals and visitors to slow down and to deepen their connection with nature through sensory immersion, connecting with the present moment using their natural resources of the body, breath and senses.
“As we deepen our connection with nature, we start to find symbolism within it… For me Autumn is a wonderful symbol of the acceptance of change and letting go.”
“Forest medicine supports mental and physical health. Research has shown that the healing environment of the forest boosts immunity, mood, creativity and supports cardiovascular health as well as promoting sleep and stress reduction.”
“There is also a wonderful link to this kind of practice and conservation. As people deepen their awareness of being part of nature, their gratitude and compassion grows and they want to protect it.”