Nature Therapy and Forest Bathing

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Research shows that spending time in nature can have long lasting health benefits. It offers a unique therapy that gives us the opportunity to slow down and deepen our connection to the earth.

Lisa Murphy, founder of Big Heart Adventures and your host for the morning, is a trained Forest Therapy guide. She will introduce you to the Japanese term ‘shinrin-yoku’ which loosely translates to ‘bathe in the forest’, meaning to connect with nature and soak in its beneficial atmosphere.

Lisa will guide your small group on a mindful 2km forest walk through the beautiful Belair National Park, just outside Adelaide. It is South Australia’s oldest national park and an important refuge for native plants and animals.

The terrain is mostly flat with only slight gradients and a minimal level of fitness is required for this experience.

One of the highlights of the session is a beautiful tea ceremony that feels like a warm hug from Mother Earth.

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  • Guided walk in small groups
  • Mindfulness activities
  • Tea ceremony

Making a difference

  • Eco Certified Business
  • All tours follow reuse, recycle, and repurpose principles
  • Big Heart Adventures Give Back initiative supports local walking program Wise Women Walking to encourage more women to connect with nature, themselves and the community while walking.

A word from your host

“I have always felt an increased sense of self, calm, peace and joy when out in nature whether it be on trails with trees or by the ocean. I decided to train as a Nature Therapy Guide because I knew first-hand how it made me feel and I wanted to grow my skills to allow people to immerse deeper and connect with nature in a way that would offer positive physical and mental health outcomes.”

Getting there

This tour is held on Kaurna Country. The Belair National Park is in the Adelaide Hills, 13km from the Adelaide city centre. Upper Sturt Rd &, Queens Jubilee Dr, Belair SA 5052


From AU $50 per person.

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