Woodland therapy sessions for wellbeing and managing stress start in Treherbert

As National Stress Awareness Day approaches, a woodland therapy group is running free health and wellbeing activities

A group of people walk through the woods
A walking group from Welcome To Our Woods on a woodland walk near Treherbert

Woodland therapy by a Treherbert community wellbeing group starts a new six-week course of sessions at the beginning of November. 

The sessions, run by Welcome To Our Woods (Wtow), take place every Thursday and offer participants a range of activities to help improve health and wellbeing.

The sessions coincide with National Stress Awareness Day on 6 November, which highlights the challenges many people face with managing stress.

A study by the Mental Health Foundation showed that during 2018, 74% of people were so stressed they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope. Wtow’s woodland therapy sessions were created to help combat this problem.

Ian Thomas, programme manager for Wtow, said the therapy sessions include activities such as mindfulness, yoga, forest bathing and woodworking. Sessions may also include storytelling, whittling, foraging, making food, crafts and breathing exercises. 

A group of people attending woodland therapy wellbeing sessions in the woods
Woodland therapy session with Welcome To Our Woods

The sessions aim to support people with their mental and physical health by helping them connect with nature and their landscape.

“We believe having a connection to the landscape is part of health and wellbeing,” said Ian. 

He added that building links to the landscape is an essential part of healing and wellness. 

“The Welsh concept of your square mile may not be a mile, it might be 20 miles or 100 miles, but this is where you are connected to, this is your place and that’s such an important part of health and wellbeing, where you can experience how you fit into your landscape,” said Ian.  

The woodland therapy sessions are free of charge and run each Thursday from 11am to 1pm. They are open to anyone who wants to connect with nature and improve their wellbeing.

People interested in participating in therapy sessions can register their interest via Wtow’s Facebook page, and sessions can be joined in any week of the six-week course.