green prescription initiative
In 2016, we are launching a Green Prescription Initiative, where we are offering an ecotherapy intervention for people (aged 18+) who are experiencing stress or mental health difficulties to promote health and wellbeing. The intervention will be delivered in a group format. It will be a rolling group for two hours, will commence mid June, and will take place in two outdoor locations in South Dublin and Wicklow. Intervention components include: nature contact, mindfulness, physical activity, expressive arts, and social connection. For further details about cost and referral, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Therapy (Also known as Shinrin-Yoku)
We run Forest Therapy or Shinrin-Yoku walks in parks, gardens and forests; locally, nationally and internationally. These are gentle guided walks that enhance wellbeing through sensory connection in nature. There is a strong evidence base supporting these walks. Forest Therapy or Shinrin-Yoku walks have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve mood, boost the immune system and improve sleep.
We facilitate ecotherapy walks with expressive arts. These are gentle guided walks for groups using the expressive arts such as nature poetry, gently movement in nature, mindfulness activities, art and imagery in nature. These walks have been facilitated in Glendalough, the Botanic Gardens and Powerscourt Gardens in the past.
Workshops and interventions
We are in the process of developing ecotherapy workshops and ecotheraputic interventions for a variety of groups.