At the entrance of Långängen-Elfviks nature reserve on Lidingö island I will introduce you to the Japanese practice Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing. We will then leave our civilised and busy life behind and slowly enter the forest to experience nature and the more than human world. Among green mosses, tall old spruces and blueberry bushes I will be lead you to awaken all your senses, the gateway on your journey to experience nature differently than in everyday life. I will offer a sequence of invitations, carefully crafted for each walk, for our minds being present, playful and creative. Maybe a mood closer to the heart of our ancient human spirit, living and surviving together within nature. We will walk slowly and quietly noticing and playing with the more than human world and occasionally gather to share our experiences. The walk will culminate in a tea-cermony in the forest with tea brewed from locally foraged plants. The walk is suitable for all ages and fitness.
I am a Forest Bathing Guide and also a researcher in biology and a professional artist. I guide in an old forest in a Nature Reserve on Lidingö, close to Stockholm. As a child, I used to play, swim and collect mushrooms and berries here, and now I live nearby with my family. I guide participants in immersing all senses in the forest, experiencing the mosses, trees and living beings in a deep and often playful way . My role as a guide is to open the doors for participants on a personal journey to slow down and reconnect to the natural world.
Tea and snacks will be served in a tea-ceremony.
We will be walking less than a mile within the forest in Långängen Elfvik Nature reserve on Lidingö, an island, 30 min travel with local transport from Stockholm city. The area is a recreational area used for mushroom and berry picking, horse riding and skiing. There is an old beautiful farmhouse, Långängens gård (anno 1770) which offers lunch and is listed in the White guide. Also goats that are possible to visit are hosted in the area.
Wear comfortable clothes according to weather conditions. Wear extra layers, as we will be outside for several hours, and bring rainwear if there is a chance of rain.
Bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately with rain coat if needed. Water and extra snacks if you think you will need them.