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get closer to nature

Join me for a guided nature connection experience – a chance to slow down, calm your mind and tune into nature.

My walks are based on the principles of shinrin yoku – translated from Japanese as forest bathing. During this gentle walk, you will be invited to immerse your senses in nature and explore what the changing seasons have to offer. You may find that you experience nature in a new way.

Forest bathing can support our mental health and wellbeing – helping to reduce stress and even boosting our immune system. It can have a relaxing and restorative effect and help us feel more creative and productive.

Words that participants have used to describe how they feel at the end of a walk:

“peace.. ” “stillness.. ” “magical.. ” “deeply relaxed..” “happy..” “part of something much bigger..

If you would like a guided forest bathing walk or nature connection activity for your group or organisation, please email nicola@companyofnature.co.uk. My walks last from just an hour’s introduction to a full day’s more immersive activity.

Next events

I am currently guiding walks in 2 beautiful locations in Bedfordshire. Click on the links below for details.

RUSHMERE COUNTRY PARK – A full forest bathing experience to help you slow down, tune into nature and recharge among the trees. Held in this wonderful site with over 400 acres of mixed woodland, meadows and heathland on the Greensand Ridge in Bedfordshire, close to Leighton Buzzard.

HOUGHTON HALL PARK – Natural mindfulness walks based on forest bathing principles to help you relax and unwind as you mindfully connect to nature. Set in 42 acres of historic parkland, Houghton Hall Park is a beautiful location with woodland, meadows and formal gardens to explore, situated in the town of Houghton Regis.

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I also offer bespoke forest bathing sessions for individuals, couples, families or groups. Please contact me to find out more – nicola@companyofnature.co.uk

what others say about my events

Hayley Clear, Central Bedfordshire Council: “I’d never attended a forest bathing session before and didn’t know what to expect, I really enjoyed it. Nicola was a very good instructor, she planned the session really well and had really thought about which areas of the park would work best, she explained what forest bathing was and the activities she did with the group really helped focus the mind, I soon felt calmer, lighter and more engaged with my environment. Forest bathing is definitely something I would do again and I will be encouraging all my friends to give it a go, I feel it would be a huge benefit from people suffering with their mental health especially after the last twelve months.”

Sarah Cowling, The Wildlife Trust (Beds, Northants & Cambs):Another wonderful walk led by Nicola of Company of Nature. Such a wonderful experience for our participants who all had a peaceful and reenergising evening. Nicola is a pleasure to work with, she makes the process of organising a walk with her so easy and is eager to meet the needs of your group. Her attention to detail and preparation for each walk is commendable as she adjust activities for each site and group.

feedback from participants

I found it very therapeutic, it was very relaxing and de stressing just to switch off completely from work mode. Also interesting to hear about some of the science behind why forest bathing is good for the mind and body.

“Highly recommend, a lovely way to relax while absorbing the healing powers of the beautiful countryside.”

Thank you for running the forest bathing session last week, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I certainly relaxed during the session. It was a great way to unwind and de-stress and I’ll definitely recommend to others.

“It was a lovely way to spend a few hours. I felt calmer and its created some really nice memories. I’d definitely like to do more forest bathing.”

In the days after the session I felt more energised than I had for weeks”