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Forest Bathing with an Expert Guide

Monchique, Portugal

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Experience hosted by Suzanne

3 hours
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Shinrin Yoku or the practice of forest bathing originates from Japan and simply means, immersing oneself in nature. Adhering to social distancing and safety at a pre-arranged meeting point I will give you a brief introduction before we head into the forest. The duration of the walk and practice is 2-3 hours and is designed to create a sense of calm and wellbeing and an opportunity to hug a tree and sit in nature. Depending on the walk we take you may experience chestnut trees, oaks, eucalyptus, pine. We go slow and pause along the way as I give a series of invitations to help you awaken the senses and enjoy all that is around you. At a hidden waterfall or stream, we will take time to experience the healing power of water, the sound, sight and feel of it. I will invite you to share what you are noticing (which is optional) silence is also welcome. Towards the end, there is time to quietly sit in the shade of the trees and just 'be' or you can journal or sketch if you wish. I will close the practice with a poem or offering to give back to nature. Before we part, we can share, ask questions or simply stay in silence.
Other things to note
Walks are designed for people with a moderate amount of fitness and mobility. There is often a certain level of incline but any concerns let me know and I can select a walk according to your needs. Appropriate footwear - walking shoes, boots or trainers are a must. Social distancing adhered to.
Shinrin Yoku or the practice of forest bathing originates from Japan and simply means, immersing oneself in nature. Adhering to social distancing and safety at a pre-arranged meeting point I will give you a brief introduction before we head into the forest. The duration of the walk and practice is 2-3 hours and is designed to create a sense of calm and wellbeing and an opportunity to hug a tree and sit in nature. Depending on the walk we take yo…

Suzanne's commitment to safety

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From $25
/ person
Thu, Mar 11
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$31 per person
$31 per person
Sat, Mar 13
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$31 per person
$31 per person
Mon, Mar 15
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$31 per person
$31 per person

Meet your host, Suzanne

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am a certified Forest Bathing Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner (FTI) based in the Serra de Monchique for the past couple of years. It's a special place and I love sharing my 'insider' knowledge of the forest and mountains, the flora, fauna and I can help you access hidden trails and areas of natural beauty. Originally from the UK, I lived in Dubai for 10 years where I hosted a talk radio show on health, wellness, and food. I have travelled the world producing features and continue to write for publications on lifestyle and wellbeing. I bring my insights and love of nature, helping people to slow down, breathe in the health benefits and notice the beauty of the forest and landscape. My walks awaken the senses and are a wonderful way to unwind, break from technology and truly connect with the place and one's self
I am a certified Forest Bathing Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner (FTI) based in the Serra de Monchique for the past couple of years. It's a special place and I love sharing my 'insider' knowledge of the forest and mountains, the flora, fauna and I can help you access hidden trails and areas of natural beauty. Originally from the UK, I lived in Dubai for 10 years where I hosted a talk radio show on health, wellness, and food. I have travelled the world producing features and continue to wr…
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Where you'll be

There is a secret waterfall walk, the chestnut wood at the highest point of the Algarve or wander through a circle of oaks depending on the time of year and which walk we take.

1 review

David
October 2020
We didn't really have any expectations, but the experience was really special, we were taken to a waterfall we would never have found, lots of opportunity to contemplate and reflect in a really calming environment, and the fresh mint tea and honey was a nice touch!
We didn't really have any expectations, but the experience was really special, we were taken to a waterfall we would never have found, lots of opportunity to contemplate and reflec…

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  • Thu, Mar 11
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $31 per person
  • Sat, Mar 13
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $31 per person
  • Mon, Mar 15
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $31 per person
  • Thu, Mar 18
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $25 per person, previously $31
  • Sat, Mar 20
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $25 per person, previously $31
  • Mon, Mar 22
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $25 per person, previously $31
  • Thu, Mar 25
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $25 per person, previously $31
  • Sat, Mar 27
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    $25 per person, previously $31

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Walking boots, shoes or trainers

Weather appropriate clothing