Wisdom of Trees – Wellbeing and Words from the Woods

Reconnect with nature and reconnect with yourself through our writing and wellbeing retreat day.

Where and when?

Saturday 30th April at Wordsworth Grasmere, Dove Cottage, Grasmere,
Cumbria, LA22 9SH.

About the day

We’ll start the day with forest bathing in beautiful woodland and then return to Dove Cottage for lunch.  In the afternoon we’ll use writing to discover the messages and blessings which the trees have gifted us. 

William Wordsworth believed there was ‘spirit in the woods’ and experienced a ‘sense sublime’ from interacting with nature.  Forest Bathing is a natural well-being therapy originating from Japan (where it’s known as Shinrin-Yoku). It has been scientifically proven to have many benefits including boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress levels and elevating mood and energy levels.  Similarly, studies have shown that writing can improve mental health and increase self-awareness.

Research shows that just being in nature for just two hours per week can have a significant benefit to our health. Forest bathing takes this one step further, combining a series of mindful and sensory invitations and reflections which we’ll later use as inspiration for our writing.  The morning will culminate in a traditional tea ceremony in the wood. 

We’ll use our experiences from the forest bathing as inspiration for writing in the afternoon and through a series of mindful prompts encourage you to find greater self-awareness and a deeper connection with yourself.

The event has been featured in the Westmorland Gazette, please click here to read the article.

Who’ll be your guides?

The retreat will be led by Jen Grange, a forest bathing guide and mindfulness teacher and myself, Alex Weston.  Jen runs Lakeland Wellbeing, teaches mindfulness and believes passionately in the healing benefits of nature.  I’m an author and creative writing tutor and believe passionately in the healing power of writing.

What you will get out of the day

  • Calm and relaxation
  • Experience the healing power of nature and words in a place which inspired Dorothy and William Wordsworth
  • Benefits of nature connection– forest bathing helps you to relax and be at your most creative
  • Exploring creativity and wellbeing through nature
  • Use writing as a tool of self-expression and self-care
  • Gentle and supportive guidance from two experienced teachers.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the retreat is £70 per person including lunch, refreshments and forest tea.

How to book

To book your place please go to https://lakelandwellbeing.co.uk/wellbeing-events-and-retreats/

Forest bathing combines a series of mindful and sensory reflections and culminates in a traditional tea ceremony.

Image credits: Rob Grange Photography and Tim Pearson Wolds Photo.