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Join us and join a 'Sensing Nature' Forest Therapy Walk.

An exploration of your senses in a natural environment.

Listen to the sounds of rosellas, and immerse yourself in the grassy meadows, woodlands, and sandy beach at Lysterfield Lake Park.

The Sensing Nature Program is excited to be partnering with Emma Swann, a Forest therapy guide, and BSRV volunteer co-guides who are vision impaired or blind. Our co-guides will be sharing various ways that we can engage with nature using our non visual senses. They will share their love of nature, and their varied interests with the group while Emma will be leading the walk.

This Forest Therapy walk is based on the practice of forest bathing, developed in Japan. Forest bathing is all about immersing yourself in nature. This practice involves walking in silence in the forest or bushland and paying attention to your senses, how your body responds to the natural world around you and what aspects of nature present themselves to you.
There are many benefits to engaging with nature in this way, including reported feelings of peacefulness and calm, as well as research which demonstrates that forest bathing can improve sleep quality, boost the immune system, and reduce blood pressure. Unlike a bushwalk, forest bathing is a slow, mindful and quiet way of being in nature.
There will be a series of invitations to engage in, on your own or with a support person, and time to share about the experience in small groups in between the invitations. This walk is designed to be slow and mindful and best suited to people who are comfortable with periods of quiet time, moving slowly and interacting with a small group of people. It's open to people who are blind and vision impaired and also to the general public.
The co-guides Rose and Marg will offer insight into how they use their non visual senses to perceive the world around them.
The day will conclude with a tea ceremony and then a picnic lunch.
The path is generally flat and narrow and the walk will cover a distance of 2 to 3 kms. There may be tree roots, and branches to be aware of as well as some roads to cross. We will have sighted guides available to support participants upon request - please advise us when registering if you require this support. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle and picnic lunch.

Places are limited so please RSVP early to Rachel DeSumma or 0493 105 800.

Where: Lysterfield Lake Park

When: Thursday 15th September 2022 from 10.30am.

Cost: No cost to participants and volunteers.

Transport: There are two options -

  1. Meet us at Lysterfield Lake Park at 10.30am.

  2. BSRV members and volunteers can travel by organised minibus from Vision Australia, Kooyong, located at 454 Glenferrie Road. (Cost $10 / no cost for volunteers), meeting at the Vision Australia reception at 9am for a 9.15am departure. Please let us know if you require a sighted guide, or will be bringing a support person with you.


What to bring: Warm clothes, wet weather gear, sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle, BYO lunch, a tea cup or mug for a tea ceremony.

Support: We have a limited number of volunteer sighted guides available upon request.

Weather considerations and event postponement:
If winds are 30km/hr or higher, or there are thunderstorms forecast, the event will be postponed.
COVID Safe practices apply for this event. Please do not attend if you are experiencing COVID symptoms.

Future walks: We have two more 'Forest Therapy' walks planned for October and November. These will appear on our website closer to the dates.

These walks are popular and places are limited.
To join in please email or call 0493 105 800. We'd love to have you join us.


Thank you to the Parks Victoria Volunteer Innovation Fund for supporting this project.


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