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The Forest Bathing Institute


The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI)

The Surrey based Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) was established with the dual fold purpose of protecting our ancient woodlands and forests and helping people to improve their mental health and well-being by spending time under the canopy of trees and being immersed in nature.

Forest bathing has been established for over 40 years and is widely available via the Japanese NHS on prescription, being part of a country-wide public health intervention, both treating and preventing mental and physical ill-health.

TFBI have developed a unique form of forest bathing called Forest Bathing+ (FB+) which is now being widely adopted across England. FB+ is a more comprehensive therapeutic form of forest bathing, underpinned by mindfulness that has been developed in cooperation with numerous universities, professors, doctors and scientists.

Forest bathing+ is socially prescribed on the NHS by Guildford Borough Council and TFBI are also working with the Guildford & Waverley Mental Health Forum to develop programmes suitable for their client’s needs.

In addition, the TFBI works with business owners, corporates and healthcare organisations offering Forest Bathing+ events and team building sessions tailored to the individual business requirements.

TFBI also works closely with major landowners and stakeholders including The Woodland Trust, RSPB, National Trust, Forestry England, The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, the NHS and Guildford Borough Council to foster closer working relationships to conserve and protect the environment and to advance and promote the health benefits of forest bathing.

With this aim in mind, pilot scientific studies took place in 2019 between TFBI and The University of Derby to replicate the scientific evidence that has been conducted over the last 40 years in Japan and South Korea. These UK based studies monitored and evaluated changes that take place in the body at a physiological level when surrounded by nature, and in particular, when walking in ancient forests and woodland. Further studies are planned to take place during 2020.

You can review the summary findings from the research on our website, please click here.

The story behind The Forest Bathing Institute

TFBI was founded by husband and wife team, Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina who both have a passion for nature, the environment, conservation, mental health and well-being.

Gary is actively working with Government bodies and stakeholders, landowners, healthcare providers such as the NHS and the universities to propagate the health giving benefits of immersive nature based therapy, and to raise awareness of the health benefits of forest bathing, both at a mental and physiological level on the body.

Olga is a philosophy graduate with a passion and extensive knowledge of holistic healing practices and lifestyle, some gained from spending time studying in India. It is this blend of learning and expertise in Eastern practices that Olga brings to the training within TFBI and to Holistic Healing Therapy, the parent company.

Meet the Team.

Contribution to the Surrey Hills

TFBI is currently working with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and local landowners to conserve the environment, and also to host Forest Bathing+ (FB+) events across the region. So, it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and wonder of this region, whilst informing and educating FB+ event attendees about the health giving benefits of the ancient woodlands and forests in the region.

TFBI is also planning to provide grant aided, immersive nature therapy FB+ sessions, for those Surrey based NHS and key workers, who may be suffering fromm stress, anxiety and any mental health issues arising from the Covid 19 situation. Please note that these sessions will adhere to Government social distancing guidelines.

TFBI develop bespoke FB+ programmes and team building sessions for small businesses, corporates and healthcare organisations. We discuss your business need and then develop an appropriate training programme. You can find out more by visiting our website.

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