Water & Shinrin-Yoku

“In all things of nature there’s something of the marvelous” (Artistotle) It’s an early morning in late September. Sunlight is radiating through the morning fog on the Amstel river, painting the small waves in front of me with silver sparks. In the air I smell the unmistakable earthy, plant-like scent of sweet water. There’s hardlyContinue reading “Water & Shinrin-Yoku”

Free online screening

Free online screening  documentary “The Hidden Life of Trees” (Peter Wohlleben)October 13, 20:00-22:00 CEST, Goethe-Institut London  When Peter Wohlleben published his book “The Hidden Life of Trees” (2015), he stormed all the bestseller charts overnight: no-one had ever written about the German woods like the forester from the parish of Wershofen before. In the documentaryContinue reading “Free online screening”

Nature Connection & Health

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter” (Rachel Carson) The evening light is fading, offering a more subtle palette of colours. Birds, hidden in the high trees and bushes set out for a final serenade. A strong aroma ofContinue reading “Nature Connection & Health”

Finding The Mother Tree. Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.

Free online talk with author Suzanne Simard on 7 May 2021@12 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. CEST  A forest is much more than what you see.  Over 30 years of research in Canadian forests by Forest Ecology professor Suzanne Simard has revealed that trees talk, often and over vast distances.  Trees share resources right underContinue reading “Finding The Mother Tree. Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest.”

What the Robin Knows. How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.

They say birds are the sentries – and our key to understanding the world beyond our front door. These early Spring mornings, with new beginnings just around the corner, birds start waking me up with their lively, golden songs. Still dark and quiet outside, without any of the usual Amsterdam city buzz outside my window,Continue reading “What the Robin Knows. How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.”

Shinrin-yoku Invitation

“This invitation is called: ‘Walking on this earth’. There are many beings walking on this earth together with us, all on their own unique journey. Find a track and go explore it with all your senses. I wonder where it is taking you?”Have fun and if you like, please do share what you are noticing?Continue reading “Shinrin-yoku Invitation”

Why use a Certified Guide?

Like yoga, forest bathing can be considered a ‘practice’, which after having learned the basics, you can do on your own. Practicing it initially with a certified forest bathing guide, you will learn the intentional flow and sequence, truly slow down your pace and keep your mind in the present. Forest bathing guides are trainedContinue reading “Why use a Certified Guide?”

What happens on a Shinrin-yoku Walk?

“The great work of this century is to usher the reconnection to nature – there’s nothing else that matters more” (Thomas Berry). During a shinrin-yoku walk, you walk slowly and not cover long distances. The focus is not on plant or animal knowledge, but on experiencing nature by simply opening your five senses and connectContinue reading “What happens on a Shinrin-yoku Walk?”

What is the Shinrin-Yoku Club?

Shinrin-yoku: The art of stillness in nature. Be silent. Go slow. Think less. Feel more. Reconnect. Do good for yourself and all beings. May the calm of nature always be with you. Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing, or ‘sylvotherapie’ or ‘bosbaden’ in Dutch) simply means immersing yourself in a forest setting. It is a unique sensory wayContinue reading “What is the Shinrin-Yoku Club?”