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Today's walkitcornwall quote

  "When I die, I'm leaving my body to science fiction." — Steven Wright

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, an opportunity to see cornwall up close without having to consider where to park the car. Have enjoyed the walks for several years and look ofrward to more.

- Harry & Pam, South Wales

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Forest bathing aka Shinrin Yoku

Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing in Cornwall

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Shinrin Yoku comes to Cornwall with your practitioner Paul Simmons.

What is Shinrin Yoku aka Forest Bathing?

Being in a forest or woodland is hardwired into our DNA as over the past 7 million years of being hominids (we split to become the genus Homo and developed to become modern humans) we have spent 99.99% of our time in the woodland environment. It is fair to say that we are missing the immersion in nature and the physical and psychological parts of our being are telling us exactly that. Right now through being stressed and through the undefinable awe of nature it is innate as humans to need regular and constant connection to our woodland environment.

Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing utilises all our senses in a very slow and playful way, connecting an individual with the environment of the woods. Forests have always had restorative and energising qualities that have been clinically proven to act as a preventitive of a multitude of modern day illnesses and they naturally give us a sense of well being.

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As a new practitioner I will be exploring the tried and tested Japanese way of Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing and add my own interpretation from what I have learned personally over the past 18 years of leading walks. Additionally as a musician and improvisor for over 35 years I also know how to put my own stamp on established practices and react intuitively to what is in front of me. I have my own way of engaging with the landscape and enjoying Nature in its purest way.

Nature is boss and we are just a small part of the interconnected web of life. Indeed we are just stewards of the cycle and our dominant paradigm of modern, fast, consumptive living can only survive by making sure we are disconnected from what we have naturally been immersed in. Our natural woodland habitat.


I am a professional guide and total enthusiast for Nature and I promise that I will invite you to open up some playful and deeper ways to explore any forest or wood through your senses of smell, touch, hearing, taste and sight so you will value and appreciate the wonders of being in a wood and enjoy their restorative quality.

I will inspire you and guide you in different ways to reconnect, to enthuse you with the healthy benefits of being slow, thoughtful, interactive and peaceful in this, our original natural playground.

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It is truly amazing what two to three hours in a wood can do for your psyche, your immune system and your total physical and mental health. I've used the saying "Solvitur ambulado" many a time. It means solve it through walking. This is slow walking, a woodland wander where a walk could be just a mile or two over three hours. It's sitting, it's observing movement, smells and sounds, A complete tactile environment that awaits you, and opens you up to a new way of appreciating your surroundings and your place within nature.

Romantic notions? Yes and I've been a traditional walker for many years with up to 9 miles in a day of walking. However I love this approach of Shinrin Yoku that shows through various exercises and invitations I can appreciate the overwhelming beauty of the forest or woodland utilising all my senses.

For the first few months following my first course in June '19 to instruct me to be a practitioner I will be offering free walks in the woods of Cornwall.

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