Alison Prideaux’s Profile-Forest Bathing Guide

Forest bathing walk with a guide

Alison Prideaux MA

Mindfulness Teacher since 2009 and mindfulness walking retreat facilitator.

Forest bathing S.E. England and S. France

‘Forest bathing is all about walking mindfully. I am an enthusiast of the outdoors, aware of the power of nature to balance and inspire.  A connection with our feet and our breath brings us into the present moment and from there the forest or fields unfold in ways we have not experienced before’ 

Alison Prideaux guides forest bathing walks in SE England and mindful walking retreats in S France. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to corporate groups, individuals, young ski racers and students in school and offers individual sessions on line. She has hiked extensively in the Lake District, the Peak District, the Alpes Maritimes, Kashmir, Galapagos, Peru and Ladakh and draws on a deep personal connection with nature in her forest bathing work. Alison brings her experience of mindfulness together with her love of open spaces to help others connect with themselves and thus with their environment.

Her walks are more about presence than pace so while we will be covering ground, it will be a gentle affair. At our movement stops, however, there is an opportunity to enter into the exercise with as much or little gusto as you like.

Alison is a fan of the Surrey Wildlife Trust and offers uk walks mostly in the spring and autumn. She works also as an ITEC qualified massage therapist, she has a BSc in Environmental Science, an MA in Lansdcape Architecture and is about to complete a 4 year Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions at Bangor University

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EVENTS

Forest Bathing, Okham and Chatley Heath,

Surrey, UK 

  • April 20th, June 22nd 
  • September 28th

From 11h to 14h

The theme:

Connecting with our Senses Outdoors.

Address: 

Wisley Common and Ockham & Chatley Heath, get the map here 

Alison will be in the Okham Common Boldermere car park to meet you with a sign and a smile.

Cost:

25 euros

Payable in advance, sorry no refunds. 

On walks flagged for children, young ones come free and 10 to 16 yrs – 15 euros each.

Ockham Common mindful walking

The outline

This will be a slow walk of about 2 to 3kms with guided stops along the way.

The terrain is along unmade paths, some sandy, some in the woodlands with roots and stones. There are no steep climbs. Much of the session will be in silence with opportunities to exchange some of the things we notice. There are toilet facilities at the carpark, but we cannot guarantee opening times.

Who is this for ?

This walk may be of particular interest to those who have a mindfulness practice, while also suitable for anyone who would like to feel more in touch with the experience of being outdoors. So both the curious and the experienced are welcome! We will adapt to the physical capabilities of the group but a minimum fitness is needed to complete the circuit. The April and June sessions are suitable for adults and the August walk is open to youngsters and will contain activities to engage and inspire.

Forest Bathing Ockham Common

What to expect?

Being out in nature is a wonderful opportunity to bring ourselves into the body and into the moment. We will take the time to really notice what is around us, to actually be there and appreciate the environment through all our senses, coming alive to the beauty of the natural world and to ourselves at the same time. Through guided moments we will remind ourselves to come back from the thoughts that so often take us away and reconnect over and over with the experience of walking, sitting, standing, moving in nature.

Tuning in like this can open us up to an awareness of the season, to the cycles of the ecosystem, to the interrelatedness of the living world and even help us to notice our own inner seasons and cycles.

forest bathing, Okham and Chatley Heath, Surrey, UK

The benefits

This can be a calming and restorative activity, participants report enjoying the shared experience, all be it, much of it in silence.

What to bring in a backpack

  • Outdoor shoes
  • All weather gear warm enough for the day
  • Umbrella (Optional)
  • Water
  • A picnic to eat mindfully
  • A lightweight mat to sit on
  • Mobile phone turned off (!)
  • A journal for writing (optional)

 Your host

Alison Prideaux

alison@omindfulness.com/+33(0)6 17 05 82 41 do contact me if you have any questions.

The site description

Varied landscapes of heath, pine and deciduous woodland SURREYWILDLIFETRUST.ORG

We kindly remind participants to respect the guidelines of sensitive use of the site…read more on FAQs

mindfulness walk in courmes france la pleine conscience

EVENTS

May 12th and September 22nd  The Beautiful Gorges du Loup, France (CLOSED)

10h30 to 15h 

This will be a mostly silent hike of about 4 hours including picnic stop.

This circular walk is suitable for anyone used to hiking with a medium level of fitness. Meditators, lapsed meditators and non-meditators are all welcome. We move at a steady rate with more emphasis on presence than pace. The first section is fairly steeply uphill partly through woods ( about 150 vertical meters) and can be hot. Then a more gentle climb, a flat open section on the plateau where we will have lunch and the last hour is through open land and woodland downhill. The terrain is rocky and uneven. There is no drinking water along the route…read more

Address: 

Gorges du loup starting at Courmes get the map here 

Cost: 

25 euros Adult