Wicklow Forest Bathing Guides

Connect with nature in the Garden of Ireland

ABOUT US

Wicklow Forest Bathing Guides is a collaboration between forest bathing guides in county Wicklow, Ireland. We all took part in the ‘pilot eco-tourism training programme initiative’ that was developed by County Wicklow Partnership and funded under the LEADER Rural Development Fund. We started our training in the spring of 2021 and will be qualified guides by October 2021. Every one of us has their own speciality and previous experience that makes all of us unique. Together we are a diverse and creative group who offer a wide range of forest bathing experiences.
What is Forest Bathing in Wicklow

What is forest bathing?

Forest Bathing or shinrin-yoku originated in Japan in the 1980’s. It means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses.  This is not exercise, or hiking or jogging.  It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our sense of sight , hearing , taste, smell and touch. 
When we open up our senses, we begin to deepen our connect to the natural world and bring our rhythms into step with nature. 
It is both a wellness practice enhancing vigour, vitality and promoting positive mental health and a preventative practice boosting the immune system, reducing blood pressure, stress levels and improving sleep. 
However the focus is not just on improving the health of the participant but also the health of the planet , as people will protect what they know and love. 

MEET OUR GUIDES

Aisling Plunkett

Arc Healing

Based in Arklow, for more than two decades now I have been working with a variety of holistic therapies and teaching Yoga, Wellbeing & Meditation. My passion is to help people open up to the amazing healing energy available all around us. Join me for some Japanese Forest Bathing infused with our Ancient Celtic Wisdom. My signature sessions coincide with the 8 festivals of the Celtic Wheel. We share knowledge of our celtic folklore, folk medicine, Poetry and of course the importance of our native Irish trees including the ancient wisdom of the ogham trees. At the end of every session a special “Seomra Sí” memento of our time together in the forest is given to all of our guests.

Cathelijne de Wit

Avonmore Forest Bathing

Originally from the Netherlands, Cathelijne moved to Ireland because she fell in love with the natural landscape of the emerald isle. As a forest bathing guide she shares her love for nature and Ireland with others. She offers guided forest bathing experiences in collaboration with Tipi Adventures on the bank of the Avonmore river, just outside Rathdrum. The perfect location to connect with nature, slow down and re-energise.

Sarah Eva Manson

Ballyrogan Expression

Do you get overwhelmed juggling so many tasks at home and at work? When was the last time you sat still beside a tree? When was the last time you sat still at all? Sarah gets it too. With two toddlers, work, home and studio life she rarely has time for herself, let alone having the time to meditate out in nature. Responsibilities, lockdown and overwhelm were constant companions for years until Sarah started opening her heart and mind to Forest Bathing. The gratitude she holds overflows within her and she can’t help but share it with others.

Shirley Fitzpatrick

Bosca Beatha

Bosca Beatha the original and first mobile sauna in Ireland, we’ve been touring the Irish countryside since 2012. We are committed to creating an inclusive and peaceful environment where people can connect with each other in nature. Our locations are always in nature beside water so you can dip into a refreshing lake, river or the expansive ocean during your sauna experience. We are open all year round - located in the Glenmalure valley in the Wicklow hills from Sept to April. At this location an additional space was created and this serves to enhance the Bosca Beatha experience where meditation, yoga, music and nature education sessions can be held.

Andrew Scanlon

Derrybawn Mountain

Derrybawn Mountain is a design hub for ecology and society. Located next to the ancient settlement of Glendalough, in a spectacular natural setting Derrybawn is the gateway to one of Ireland's few remaining remote mountain regions. The Derrybawn Mountain forest centre provides a venue for forest exploration, outdoor amphitheatre, guided walks, accomodation and holistic learning, embraced by nature and the holy spirit of Glendalough.

Ed Ledesma

Tipi Adventures Ireland

Tipi Adventures Ireland offers Tipi, Hammock and Tree Tent camping at our private wilderness site. An opportunity to experience a true wilderness camping adventure in a tranquil location. Now you can immerse yourself even more in nature, with our forest bathing experiences. In collaboration with Avonmore Forest Bathing we offer different types of forest bathing walks.

Rosalinde Schut

Walk of Leaf

My name is Rosalinde. I offer life coaching in nature and forest bathing walks in counties Dublin and Wicklow. I love seeing people more connected with themselves, with each other and with nature. For many years, I have supported people affected by change and loss. I would be delighted to spend time intentionally with you outdoors. Come and join me!

Amanda Marren

Amanda Marren Health Coach

Hi, my name is Amanda Marren, I am a Health and Wellbeing Coach with a passion for being in nature. Having felt and seen the benefits of what being in nature can do, I wanted to combine my love for nutrition, yoga, coaching and forest bathing to offer a integrated experience to each person. I will be holding walks in Wicklow and Dublin areas. Please contact me for more information or to book a walk.

Courtney Tyler

Hips and Haws Wildcrafts

I am Courtney Tyler. So grateful to live in County Wicklow, happiest surrounded by trees and observing the changing seasons. I am a keen forager and spend much time wandering the hedgerows, coasts and forests for wild local food to preserve as food or medicine or to add to my fermented food and drinks. Being in nature is my soul's medicine and I would like to share the practice of slowing down and deep connection that forest bathing can offer.

Ciara Hinksman

Nature Connection with Ciara

Ciara Hinksman owns and runs Forest School Ireland – formerly Earth Force Education, founded in 2009. Her passion is facilitating place-based, learner-centred development through Forest Bathing, story, wildlife, plants, crafts and play whilst also following the natural cycles of our seasons and lives. She trains people to become qualified Forest School Leaders and is the founding chair of the Irish Forest School Association. Ciara is overjoyed to be part of the growing movement of Forest Bathing and Forest School and it’s community of practitioners in Ireland and around the world. Together we are working towards empowering people of all ages to develop and grow in community and in relationship to the Earth.

Jake Quinn

Rhythm & Forest Eire

I am Jake. I am a passionate Nature enthusiast and Musical Alchemist, who loves nothing more than combining the two in a wandering dance. I have been teaching rhythm and nature amongst various other workshops for over 12 years now with the ethos of connection and empowerment. I would love nothing more than to share these skills with you of deepening our connections to everything around us.

Rachel Dempsey

Full Circle Change

Rachel Dempsey has been facilitating in the areas of wellness, creativity, change-making and holistic sustainability for over 20 years. Her mission is to connect inner transformation with positive change in the world around us. She offers forest bathing and forest song baths (singing in the forest) in Newtownmountkennedy in Wicklow and a range of other courses and retreats in singing, sustainability and global citizenship.

Catherine Nunes

Shaking Bog

Catherine is the Founder and Director of The Shaking Bog Festival and Podcast where Art & Nature meet, based in the Glencree Valley, County Wicklow. The idea for this endeavour grew out of a desire to gently usher people into a deeper appreciation for the natural world through creative engagement. Catherine believes that nurturing an intimate and meaningful connection with nature is a first step towards a brighter future for us all. Her training as a Forest Bathing Guide has deepened her own connection with nature whilst informing her work with The Shaking Bog and enriching her practice in mindfulness and as a Yoga teacher. Catherine plans to start guiding Forest Bathing walks in 2022.

Upcoming events

29 January 2022: Forest Song Bath by Full Circle Change – Rachel more information

12 February 2022: Forest Immersion Walk in Newtownmountkennedy by Walk of Leaf – Rosalinde more information

19 February 2022: Forest Bathing Walk in Clara Vale by Avonmore Forest Bathing – Cathelijne more information

26 February 2022: Forest Bathing Wellness Experience in Newtownmountkennedy by Full Circle Change – Rachel more information

17 March 2022: Paddy’s Day Forest Bathing Walks (1 for adults, 1 for kids) by Avonmore Forest Bathing – Cathelijne more information

19 March 2022: Forest Immersion Walk in Newtownmountkennedy by Walk of Leaf – Rosalinde more information

26 March 2022: Forest Song Bath by Full Circle Change – Rachel more information

23 April 2022: Woods for Wellbeing – An outdoor event to mark Earth Day by Full Circle Change – Rachel more information