Forest Therapy Walks in Geelong Botanic Gardens

You are invited to a FREE guided "Shinrin Yoku" Forest Therapy walk through the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens.

What is Forest Therapy?

The practice translates literally from Japanese "Shinrin Yoku" as "Forest Bathing" - immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of the forest. 

"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 for all age groups.

What happens on a guided Forest Therapy session?

With a focus on slowing down, the session involves a series of guided place-based activities on easy trails, to help relax, become present and connect with nature through the senses. 

The experience invites room for listening, healing and reflection, for quiet and accepting presence and for inquiry through all the senses. 

The Geelong Botanic Gardens provide a rich tapestry of sensory experiences that invite us into the present moment.

Over the two hours you will spend some time walking slowly, stopping and sitting. Usually you would be in shade, but sometimes we may sit in an open space.

There is no right or wrong way to participate in the activities, simply follow your intuition and curiosity to explore the forest.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more then he seeks - John Muir.

We look forward to seeing you there.


You must book your spot and adhere to the booking conditions below.

Please confirm your participation by following the booking link: 


  • All attendees must comply with the latest VIC State Government Guidelines regarding COVID-19 and social distancing at the time of the booking taking place. Further information can be found at Department of Health.
  • Participants must arrive early to complete registration formalities 
  • Each group must not exceed a total of 20 people
  • Each individual is to maintain a safe social distance from any other individual or group or the general public utilising the venue
  • You are required to carry your own face mask and hand sanitiser and use it both before and after the walk.
  • All attendees names and contact details are to be provided at the time of booking and will be held for a period of 28 days to ensure contact tracing if required.
  • This booking is confirmed under the current State Government Guidelines. If Guidelines are amended or changed this may impact the session.

Things to know/bring:

  • 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 on the morning by 9:00 am.
  • You will be requested to fill out two preliminary forms (Health Questionnaire and Participant Agreement).
  • Participants should be able to walk at a slow pace, over various terrain. We recommend wearing closed, sturdy shoes.
  • Carry a day pack and bring water, snacks, and personal medications with you for the trail.
  • Bring something to sit upon while on the trail. (a stool, chair, or blanket).
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable pants, layers work best, and a rainproof outer layer. We recommend that you wear a hat.
  • Phones and cameras must be turned off during the walk.
  • This event is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
  • There are no bins, so take your rubbish when you leave.
  • No accompanying small children or pets. All rules and regulations currently in existence at the location apply to this Forest Therapy walk.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wadawurrung People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, Elders in our community, and Elders emerging.


31 October 2021


  • Geelong Botanic Garden Wadawurrung Country, Garden St, East Geelong VIC 3219


  • This is a free event


  • Parking available
  • Toilets available
  • Wheelchair accessible


Hailey Docking

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0447050181

Associated organisation: International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance




Page last updated: Thursday, 7 October 2021