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Etang des Moines

Route de Chéserex

1275 Gingins

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Forest Therapy Guide, Scott Poynton, will host you on a Forest Therapy Walk in the forests above Gingins, in the foothills of La Dôle.

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Please read through the information below before coming to the walk.

Please do secure a ticket because it’s important for Scott to know the number of participants on each walk. And if your plans change and you can’t make it, please let him know at scottpoynton@me.com

We’re not setting a ticket price for the walks but invite participants to make a donation based on what they can afford or on what value they place on the experience - a minimum of 1 franc is needed in order to secure a ticket but if you would like to donate more before or after the experience, that is more than welcome.

What is Forest Therapy?

Forest Therapy is a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in forests and other environments to promote the well-being of both people and the land. It is inspired by Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of “Forest Bathing.” In Forest Bathing, people spend time in forested areas to enhance health, wellness, and happiness.

In Forest Therapy, people are guided through a clearly defined sequence of invitations to slow down, allow the senses to open, and experience the environment to deepen the reciprocal relationship between participants and the forest. This supports the wholeness and well-being of both. These Slow Walks in the Forest are typically one- to two-kilometers long and fit for all ages and physical conditions. Invitations are open-ended. There is no expectation for what participants should experience or receive. Rather, participants spend time in silence, listening and feeling with a quiet and accepting presence. They become reconnected with their senses and their innate creative potential is tapped, which allows the imagination to awaken.

Why Forest Therapy?

Forest Therapy promotes:

• The improvement of human health. People are more stressed, anxious, and depressed and have more chronic health conditions. Forest Therapy provides a pathway for people to remember how to immerse themselves in nature to rest from all that consumes them in their daily lives.

• A greater sense of connectedness. Jacques Cousteau once said, “People protect what they love.” A heartfelt, embodied relationship with nature naturally leads to a love of nature and recognition that we are nature.

• A greater sense of compassion. Somatic work with the Earth and our bodies provides participants the opportunity to remember the nature of relationship and the way we are all connected. The sense of connectedness leads toward compassion and away from apathy, greed, and selfishness. This deeper compassion supports the kind of relational values that will support new solutions for the health of people and the planet.

What Distinguishes the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy?

With more than 800 trained guides, 15 trainers and 30 mentors in over 55 countries, the ANFT envisions mobilising the world's largest referral network to medical and healthcare systems along with alternative and complementary healing modalities.

Medical & Insurance

Medical insurance is compulsory for everyone who lives in Switzerland but if you don’t live in Switzerland, please do ensure you have medical insurance to cover the period of the walk.

I have been trained in basic wilderness First Aid and will have a First Aid kit with me. I’m not anticipating any issues but there are always opportunities to twist ankles or worse, to fall over and cut ourselves and such like on any walk and this brings us to the issue of liability which is always difficult to discuss in that it can spoil the spirit, but it’s important that we’re all clear on this before we begin.

It’s critical that everyone understands that everyone taking part in the walk does so at their own risk. We will walk on the same basis as a group of friends who go out walking together and who invite others to join them. I assume no responsibility for anyone joining the walk and so will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of anything that happens on the walk. By joining the walk, you indicate that you accept these conditions and accept that no legal liability is accepted by me or anyone in the group in the event of accident, injury or death, however caused.

I do remind you that you need good equipment including boots, waterproofs etc. and that these are not supplied. You’re all responsible for assessing your own risk and safety. While accepting no responsibility or liability for the walk, I do reserve the right to not admit anyone to join the walk if I think they’re ill-equipped for the terrain or the weather conditions.

Sorry to have to raise that but it’s important to ensure we all understand the nature of the walk and join in that spirit.

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Etang des Moines

Route de Chéserex

1275 Gingins

Switzerland

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Organizer Scott Poynton

Organizer of Forest Therapy Walk

Scott Poynton has a deep relationship with Nature having worked his entire life to protect forests the world over. He is certified as a Forest Therapy Guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides & Programs (ANFT)

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