Forest bathing is a form of preventative medicine from Japan, where you connect with both nature and yourself by ‘bathing’ in a forest environment as you go on a walk. How do you do it? Manon will walk you through it - you’ll be gently and cheerfully introduced to this wellbeing therapy, which will allow you to reconnect with yourself!
First, under Manon's supervision, you’ll go on a slow and silent walk through nature at your own pace as you practice mindfulness, meaning you’ll be reconnecting with your emotions, sensations, and all five of your senses. On this experience, you’ll completely let go, just listening to yourself and your body. Then, during the workshop itself, Manon will teach you various fun exercises you can do, including contact with nature and reconnecting with both yourself and the forest around you. Here’s a little taster of the programme (which may change depending on the weather): Listening to sounds, barefoot walking, breathing exercises, tree hugging, the scent of the forest, contemplation...
Discoveries and relaxation
What will you take away from these two extraordinary hours? A real life experience! You’ll learn how to relax in nature, how to take time for yourself, how to ground yourself, and how to form deeper bonds within your family. Manon has also planned a tea ceremony, during which she’ll share some biscuits with you. It’s the kind of shared experience that will strengthen your bonds even more. So, let this lovely shared interlude in the heart of the forest surprise you... It's sure to win over grownups and little ones alike! What’s more, as an Ardennes-étape member, you’ll receive a lovely notebook containing things to do, tips, and exercises for you to do when you get back. It’ll help you to bring the experience and its benefits into your daily life...
Ardennes-étape customers receive an exclusive benefit with this experience:
As an Ardennes-étape member, you’ll receive one lovely notebook per couple or family, containing things to do, tips, and exercises for when you get back home.
When you book a holiday home on our website, you have access to the Ardennes-étape Privilege programme that offers many lovely surprises with our local partners!
- This activity is possible on reservation at the dates predefined in Manon's schedule. You can check it on her Facebook page (events)
- This activity can be booked on other dates for groups of 8 to 12 people.
- Meeting address: depending on the date
- Equipment to bring along: hiking shoes, weather-appropriate clothes (or some you can change into), a mat or blanket to sit down on, a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated, and some snacks, if desired.
- Activity in French.
- Animals not permitted.
(Night) Forest bath mainly for adults. Price: 20€/adult
Manon also offers special workshops for families: 20€/adult and 5€/child (from 6 years old)