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Forest Bathing+. National Trust - Winkworth Arboretum

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National Trust - Winkworth Arboretum

Hascombe Road



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PRICE: £20 if paid directly. £22 on the day and online.

Experience how woodland can help your Physical, Mental & Emotional Health.

This event is organised in cooperation with the National Trust. Photo credit National Trust / Carol Shepperd”

ABOUT: Winkworth Arboretum

Created in the early 20th century by Dr Wilfrid Fox, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up an internationally significant collection of more than 1,000 different species of shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

Visit any time of year for a stroll through the personal plant collection of one man, who was passionate about plants. The Collection and setting are too unique to ever disappoint.


To learn more about our work. Please read a recent Guardian interview with our director Gary Evans https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/08/forest-bathing-japanese-practice-in-west-wellbeing?CMP=share_btn_link

This session is a gentle introduction to Forest Bathing+ and its benefits. Forest Bathing is an elementary practice (children instinctively enjoy nature this way) which can elicit surprisingly positive reactions. In a nutshell, it can be described as mindful time under the canopy of trees using the senses. Deep breathing is also encouraged; Japanese research uncovered essential wood oils help boost our immune system.

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

During the session you will be provided with a sequence of sensory exercises designed to calm the body and mind. On screen, it doesn't sound that exciting, in practice participants love it! If you have ever wondered about the healing benefits of nature, this session should join some dots for you. To get a better idea of what to expect, please read the reviews below.


In 2017 staff members from NHS Lexden Hospital Health in Mind joined one of Gary & Olga's Forest Bathing+ sessions. Sample reviews below.

Liz Harrington (Deputy Clinical Lead) "Their knowledge about the forest and the trees was amazing and a bonus, a walk and science lesson in one session. I felt really uplifted and reflected on this on the drive home, I truly could not believe the impact it had on me. If I had not been and experienced it for myself I would not have believed how transforming it was. Thank you."

Kate Goodge (Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) "I realised how out of touch we are with nature from the walk and I want to be able to carry on experiencing a part of myself which is just present when I am going out for walks in nature."

Previous trials include: The NHS, universities, academic institutions & charities, RSPB, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust. You can find their Forest Bathing guides on the Forestry Commission website. Their trials have led to University studies. They are also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC.

In late 2018 Gary & Olga launched The Forest Bathing Institute which is dedicated to the replication of Japanese physiological scientific studies.


Hascombe Rd, Godalming GU8 4AD

We will meet you by the reception building we will be holding a sign "Forest Bathing+".

Delayed or need to contact us? please email or CONTACT US BEFORE THE EVENT for our team members mobile number.

There are on-site toilets and a free car park.

TRAIN: The nearest train station is Godalming which is 3 miles away.


Single Ticket paid directly in advance: £20 for 2 hours. On the day and online: £22

The session does not include entrance to the entire arboretum. If you would like to explore the arboretum further after the session, entrance tickets are available at the kiosk. Tickets are £9.05, or £10 with Gift Aid. Entrance is free to National Trust members.

There is also a wonderful on-site cafe.

Concessions: PLEASE, CONTACT US. We will ask for evidence of eligibility.

Cancellation Terms.

If you need to change your booking please let us know 72 hours before the event. We will be happy to transfer or refund your booking 72 hours before the scheduled event. We don’t transfer or refund payments with less than 72 hours notice.

This event requires 10 people to go ahead. Should we be unable to reach the minimum number required, full refunds will be issued.


Please read our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By clicking “RSVP” and paying, as well as participating, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS.

MINORS: Please, our events are aimed at adults 18+. Please see our other kids Forest Bathing sessions.

Medical conditions/prescribed medications/pregnancy: We advise those who are pregnant to abstain from our events. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform him/her about attending. If you currently experience or have a history of serious health issues (including mental health issues, operations, medical procedures, seizures, implants, special needs), please, inform us before the event. Informing us will help us look after you.


If you have any questions, please, contact us. We are here to help and always happy to hear from anyone interested in what we do.

Phone: 01932 880 712

Or via our website: https://tfb.institute/contact

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National Trust - Winkworth Arboretum

Hascombe Road



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Refund Policy

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