Littleburn Wood activities

Sarah Holder offers a taster session on Tai Chi Qigong

Join us for a 20 minute Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong taster session on your walk around the woods. Qigong is a relaxing exercise that teaches gentle, slow movements with the breath. It's perfect for coming out of your head, letting go of stress and reconnecting with your body, Qigong is often described as a moving meditation and the Shibashi form is really easy (and fun) to learn.

Sarah Holder is a Shiatsu Practitioner and has been teaching Shibashi Qigong since 2017. A wide range of people with stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and fibromylagia have felt the benefits from learning Qigong. More information can be found on her website or her Facebook page or contact Sarah on 07515 684306.

Paul Johnston offers a session of forest bathing entitled 20 Minutes Sat By A Tree

When you sit in a wood, breathing in the natural air infused with a range of substances gifted to you by the trees, it helps you to get more grounded and centred. These substances trigger our bodies into a more relaxed state and can have a profound effect on the symptoms of stress. It happens automatically, and with subtlety. You can enhance the effect by what you do, how you act and how you breathe.

Science can explain how it works, but such reconnecting with nature is a vital part of a healthy life. Rather than walking and mulling over things, looking for the time and space to think that we sometimes crave, we just need to stop, and sit.

When we visit the woods, this is what we will do. Stop, sit, focus our thoughts elsewhere, concentrate on something sensed to help clear away the headspace fog that you may have carried into the wood, a fog that is maybe blocking you from feeling the magical healing power of nature around you.

It is a natural wonder that will positively affect every cell in your body.

So, let the magic of nature work on you, for 20 minutes, sat by a tree.

Michaela Taylor offers a taster session in the power of breath.

The breath of life by Michaela Turner (Holistic Health Coach)

You only have to place your hand on your chest and breathe naturally and you’ll probably notice that your breath only reaches into your chest. The stress of everyday life affects the way that we breathe, causing it to become shallow and increasing anxiety levels.

There are numerous other health benefits from breathing deeply into the abdomen, including:

  • Freeing up trapped energy in your body
  • Releasing the bonding/love hormone, calming your nervous system
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Releases around 70% of toxins from your body
  • Allows you to become grounded, bringing your mind back to your body.

I was bed bound with chronic fatigue syndrome & depression when I was first introduced to abdominal breathing. I can honestly say it saved my life on more than one occasion. It’s now the first thing that I teach to anyone wanting to make improvements to both their health and ultimately their life.

The wonderful thing about practicing abdominal breathing is that it increases your awareness, allowing for personal and spiritual development work and can be practiced at any time or in any place.

If you would like to learn how to breathe effectively come to this taster session.  Or make contact with Michaela on

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