Awakening Your Senses – Autumn Forest Bathing day Retreat

During this special forest bathing day retreat, we will celebrate the magical season of Autumn and the Celtic festival of Samhain, the harvest.  We are naturally entering a period of rest and reflection.

Slieve Gullion forest is a perfect haven to deepen your spiritual connection with nature. This sacred mountain is a mythological sleeping giant where you will rest, reconnect and re-energise over the next 2.5 hours.

Ann will support your forest immersion through guided mindfulness meditation and she will offer you creative invitations to deepen your connection with nature. You will begin to gently slow down and switch off, while awakening your senses. This is the perfect chance for a digital detox and to relieve techno-stress.

Forest Bathing is an evidence-based wellness practice which originated in Japan in the 1980’s as a stress prevention intervention. 2 hours in the forest boosts your immunity for up to 10 days. Your forest experience will end with a tea ceremony with organic wild apple & cinnamon with short bread from a local traditional bakery.

After our nature immersion we will travel a short distance to Meigh village to Ann’s quirky, creative healing space, a cosy 2nd World War hut. Relax and continue to awaken you senses over a locally produced, seasonal, sensory, three-course lunch: Autumn greens soup with spinach, kale, celery and scallion & home- baked wheaten bread; a vegetarian salad with local goats cheese, walnuts with a beetroot and mint chutney. And for dessert, apple tart  served with cream, tea/coffee, including herbal teas. Recipes will be available to take home.

After lunch we will explore how you can bring the practice of forest bathing/nature connection into your everyday life. We will gently end the event with a guided meditation, taking the of gift of mindfulness home with you.

Notes for Visitors

Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and a few extra layers as we will be standing and sitting still in the forest, waterproofs, walking boots/shoes. Also bring a small rucksack, some water. Ann will provide small waterproof yoga mats and other materials to support your immersion.

Let us know of any health conditions, allergies or mobility issues and we will try our best to support you.

Please book by Thursday lunchtime to allow for catering.

Ann will be in touch via email with further details when you book.

Team-building and Special Events

This experience can be booked for special events and adapted to suit your requirements.  Contact Ann for further details by email ann@xhale.biz or phone 07816835147


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