Give yourself a gift of relaxation as you slow down and connect to nature through the senses in these beautiful gardens!
Experience the healing power of Forest Therapy at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
The 2-hour session is curated by an INFTA Certified Guide based in Geelong.
Let's celebrate summer in the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The gardens are the fourth
oldest botanic gardens in Australia. They were established on
Wadawurrung country and hold many plants used by the traditional
What is Forest Therapy?
What is Forest Therapy?
translates literally from Japanese “Shinrin-yoku” as “Forest Bathing” –
immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of forests and other natural
surroundings. Forest Therapy is now considered nature’s
remedy to stress and a pathway to a happier, healthier and more
fulfilling life. The practice is backed by thorough medical and
scientific research – and the plethora of health benefits are wide-reaching.
What happens during a guided Forest Therapy session?
Your guide will introduce the science and evidence-based physical and
mental health benefits of the practice of Forest Therapy. She will then
guide you on a relaxing and rejuvenating meander, with plenty of time to
slow down and soak up the beauty of this enchanting garden, one of the
best-kept secrets in the region.
We’ll see the colours of summer among the lovely tree and plant collections. Forest Therapy walks take
on a slow immersive pace, unlike a hike or botanical walk.
Geelong Botanic Gardens provide a rich tapestry of sensory experiences
that invite us into present-moment awareness. Over the two hours, your
will spend some time walking at a leisurely pace under shaded canopies
and lush ferns, sitting amongst trees and meandering through open lawns.
a focus on slowing down, the guided walk encompasses a series of
place-based activities on easeful nature trails, to help us relax,
become present and deepen our connection to nature. The experience
invites room for listening, healing, reflection, quiet accepting
presence, and inquiry through all the senses.
There is no right or
wrong way to participate in the activities, simply follow your
intuition and curiosity to explore the natural surroundings.
The Forest Therapy experience concludes with a tea-sharing ceremony, inspired by the Japanese way of tea.
attendees must comply with the latest VIC Public Health Order and State
Government Guidelines regarding COVID-19 and distancing at the time of
the booking taking place.
--------------Things to know------------
Please arrive by 9:45 am to fill out preliminary formalities. We will start the walk promptly at 10:00 am.
The event will go ahead even in rainy weather.
However, if we need to cancel due to inclement weather, bush fires or
notifications from council or parks authorities, participants will be
notified by 9:00 am on the morning of the walk.
Phones and cameras should be turned off during the walk.
Children under 12 and pets are not allowed on this guided session.
Toilets are available at the gardens.
The café is currently closed for renovations.
The length of the walk is nearly two kilometers at a slow pace, on natural formed trails and grassy areas.
-----------What to wear and bring----------
Dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable pants and layers work best.
We recommend wearing closed, sturdy walking shoes.
Carry a day pack and bring a raincoat, drinking water, snacks, insect repellent and any essential personal medications.
You may like to bring something to sit on, e.g., a stool, chair, or blanket.
How to get to the gardens:
Geelong Botanic Gardens is close to the Geelong Waterfront within Eastern Park. If using GPS
the garden’s entrance is at the intersection of Podbury Drive and
Eastern Park Circuit.
For further information about the venue, directions and car parking, please click here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Acknowledge the Wadawurrung People as the Traditional Owners of the
Land, Waterways and Skies. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and
present. We Acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people who are part of our Greater Geelong community today.
16 March 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Geelong Botanic Gardens
Wadawurrung Country, top of Podbury Drive, Geelong VIC 3220
Admit one: $39.95
Plus booking fee
In My Nature
In My Nature