CALL US: 01234 351006

Forest Bathing and Willow Craft Day Course

Forest Bathing and Willow Craft Day Course


Course Location: Haddon Hall Estate Derbyshire and Bristol

Course Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Course Duration: 1 Day

Course size: 8

Course Age Range: 18+

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

Booking Details:
Is this a course Gift Voucher for someone else?
Voucher Name

Do you have any special dietary requirements (including vegetarian)?
Diet Requirements

Do you consider yourself to be in a good state of general fitness?
Fitness Details

Do you have any medical conditions that Woodland Ways needs to be aware of, including any regular medication?
Medical Details

Would you prefer your course information pack to be emailed or posted?

Forest Bathing and Willow Craft Day Course

Join us in our beautiful woodland for a day of forest bathing in combination with a connection to the woodland through forest crafts. 

The main focus will be relaxation, with activities aiming to help you open up your senses and benefit from immersion into the woodland environment. After a peaceful lunch by the fireside, we will spend the afternoon exploring willow basketry. The crafting is designed to enhance your connection with the woodland, while you reap the rewards of creative pastimes.

Engagement in handicrafts have been shown to provide many benefits to our mental wellbeing. Meanwhile there is a strong body of evidence asserting the physical and psychological benefits of Forest Bathing. Forest Bathing is an exact translation of the Japanese term Shinrin Yoku, which better translates as taking in the forest atmosphere.

Forest Bathing in Japan consists of slow walks using all the senses to mindfully engage with the woodland. Researchers around the world, including Japan and North America, have gone on to record many benefits relating to time of spent in nature, ranging from decreases in blood pressure and improvements in immunity, to clearer thinking and a more positive outlook.

Full instructions and equipment will be provided for each craft from your instructor and mentor, suitable for complete beginners or those ready for a little more challenge.

Day Structure

We will begin the morning with some gentle stretching and relaxation exercises. You will then be given step-by-step guidelines for meditations and activities designed to help you wind down and engage with the woodland. We will relax in quiet groves and by tinkling streams, before ending our morning session at the fireside for woodland teas. There will be a non-obligatory opportunity for the group to discuss their experiences in a confidential setting.

There will be plenty of hot water for drinks during lunchtime. Please bring your favourite packed lunch to enjoy and a mug for a hot drink.

The afternoon session will utilise one of the gifts of the woodland, to create an item of your design. You will also learn about our ancient ties with woodland products and receive suggestions on how to harvest wild materials for future projects.

We aim for you to leave the woodland feeling recharged from your Forest Bathing and satisfied from an afternoon of craft. 

Your instructor and guide

Nicola is an experienced bushcraft instructor and Forest Bathing guide. She has trained with Stefan Batorijs and has combined tried and tested forest bathing methods with her own rich and varied nature immersion and meditational pursuits. She will guide you through the forest bathing activities with clear instructions and kindness. Nicola also has decades of experience in crafts and is an experienced teacher of basketry, bark-work, foraging and carving.

If you are looking to for something more immersive you may want to consider our 6 day courses package here.


  • Derbyshire - Haddon Hall Estate


    Set in the Heart of the stunning Peak District National Park our woodlands are based on this beautiful 3800 acre historical estate, home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners. A warm and caring family estate, woodlands comprise over 600 acres, and our beautiful camp is nestled on the banks of the river Wye. Surrounded by a mature mixed canopy of Oak, Ash, Birch, and numerous conifers the diverse mix of flora is home to a wondferful array of large and small fauna. You may spot Fallow, or see the sign of badger, and will be immersed into a cacophany of bird noise as you share the home of owl, buzzard, woodpecker and more.

  • Oxfordshire


    Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.

    Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.

  • Bristol


    From our base camp you can explore this beautiful woodland setting that offers a mixture of mature oak, hazel, sycamore and elder that with a tranquil stream. This offers the perfect habitat for a relaxing retreat for our customers and the local fauna, including woodpecker, raven and roe deer to name just a few.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "36 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.