“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears”. - Rumi.
Welcome to NeDo Forest Bathing!
I am delighted to embark on this journey with you and share my passion for personal and professional development through the transformative practices of Forest Bathing and Forest Coaching. As a coach dedicated to helping others achieve their intentions and embrace their true potential, I have found that immersing myself in nature is one of the most powerful catalysts for growth and well-being. Having walked the thousand-year-old Camino De Santiago like millions before me searching for their individual outcomes I now understand the meaning of the inspirational words by Rumi, "As you start to walk on the way, the way appears".
My unique challenges, lessons, and the many self-discoveries from my time on Camino are for another day, but it’s that experience which has ultimately led me here.
As I started to walk on my way...
As a lifelong ‘searcher’ and advocate of personal and professional growth, I have come to know that the answers we seek are always within, waiting to be uncovered/rediscovered. Up to now I have experienced and practised many modalities for personal growth, but it was only after a ‘not-so-gentle-shove’ by an ‘all-knowing-and-very-wise’ ex client and now trusted friend Bob that I discovered the power and benefits of being in the environment of the forest. To paraphrase his not-so-subtle words, “I’ve been aware of Forest Bathing for a while now, and every time I see something relating to it, I think of you, there’s a course starting next Tuesday, get your butt on it, you can figure the rest out later”. I was curious so why not and of course we all need friends like Bob, right?!?
My way appears...
After that everything fell into place, I vividly remember the first time I felt the true power of being present in the forest. The serenity and profound connection with the natural surroundings were unlike anything I had experienced consciously before; I’ve always loved being in nature, but it was normally with eyes down and a million thoughts running through my head. Now with Forest Bathing and this new awareness, nature connectedness means so much more.
The environment of the forest is something that should unfold naturally with no obvious predetermined path or set of rules to follow. Like most goods things in life, you often need to give yourself permission to be curious and be open to surrendering and trusting how the ‘way’ ahead appears, and the best outcomes are always those which are intuitive, unique, and deeply personal, which is obviously different for everyone. Forest bathing is not just a leisurely stroll in the woods; it is an intentional and mindful engagement with nature. Through a series of invitations Forest Bathing offers a connection between our intuition and the natural world around us. It provides an opportunity to let go of stress, reconnect with our true selves, and tap into the immense healing energies of nature.
My Invitation to you...
Through the articles to follow, I aim to offer insights, guidance, and hopefully inspiration to help you deepen your connection with nature and the transformative power of Forest Bathing and Forest Coaching.
As the ‘Searcher’ who needs to do meaningful work, I invite you to share the experience of Forest Bathing and Forest Coaching so that you too can discover the many benefits of connecting with nature. My objective being to facilitate, enable and support you towards personal growth, well-being, and fulfilment.
Thank you for joining me in this introductory article for NeDo Forest Bathing and Forest Coaching.
Check out www.nedo.ie and book a Forest Bathing walk or Forest Coaching session/programme, and remember, as Rumi said, "As you start to walk on your way, your way appears”, and I’d feel privileged to help guide you along your 'way'!
PS See what Bob is up to here.