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22 June, 2023


Let’s go forest bathing – Part 6 – Listen To The Forest

Nigel is the founder of REROOT YOURSELF™ - a detailed look at the science behind nature and wellness, helping busy people with limited time tap into the art of forest bathing and the healing power of nature.

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Throughout June I’ll be sharing tips and insights on how to Forest Bathe exclusively on 9KM BY 9AM and the Outside & Active website.

A 30-minute forest bathe once or twice a week will help you slow down. It will bring you into the present moment and de-stress
and relax you.


Letting the forest in is the key to unlocking its power - let nature enter through your eyes, ears nose, mouth, hands and feet. Today we’re listening to the forest.

The sound of nature is not quiet, it is like a wonderous never ending symphony.

The sounds of nature are proven to relieve stress. Sounds we like most include: rain, wind, rustle of leaves, birds chatter and bird song.


People are more sensitive to sounds around 3500 hertz – this is the same frequency range birds sing in! No wonder it sounds so good.

Research from Brighton and Sussex Medical School showed ‘nature sounds’ decreased the functioning of the body's sympathetic nervous system, which controls fight or flight and increased the parasympathetic system, which controls rest and recovery - indicating we are more relaxed when listening to nature.


Find a space in the forest, wood, park or garden.

Slow down… sit peacefully. Focus on your breath – 10 deep in and out breaths.

Download the Merlin Bird ID App @merlinbirdid recommended by @jeremyclarkson1 😀

Listen in all directions for: Birds, Wind, Trees.

Close your eyes to listen more intensely. Notice the huge number of different sounds.

Do this for 20 minutes. Breathe deeply throughout using your breath and the sounds to anchor you into the present.

My book, Walking Back To Happiness: The Secret To Alcohol-Free Living & Well-Being and my coaching course Reroot Yourself shows how you can massively improve your mental and physical well-being, through re-connecting or rerooting with the natural world, walking outdoors, watching sunrises, forest bathing and being more mindful about the changes in nature that are happening all around you.

Reroot Yourself Website


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Listen to the Bird Song - Larry's Wood Kent


Nigel Jones


Founder of the health and wellness channel 9KM BY 9AM.

Author of Walking Back To Happiness” The Secret To Alcohol-free Living & Well-being.

Certified Positive Psychology & NLP Coach - with the internationally recognised, double accredited, International Coaching Federation and Association for Coaching, AreteWay Coaching Course.

Founder of REROOT YOURSELF™ - a detailed look at the science behind nature and wellness. Helping busy people with limited time tap into the art of forest bathing and the healing power of nature. A group masterclass / workshop – designed for organisations and businesses to help improve the mental health and wealth of employees.

Nigel holds a Diploma (Distinction) in Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing). Is trained in the Power Of Awareness, University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the Awareness Training Institute.

Nigel shares with us is Lived Experience of over 700 walks in nature - walking 9 kilometres before 9 o’clock every day since May 2021. Highlights include:

  • The power of being present at every sunrise for the past 21 months
  • Insights into his meditation processes and techniques
  • What he saw and learned on over 6,000 kilometres (equivalent of 150 marathons) of walks in the forest, mountains and coastal areas of the UK
  • How you can benefit from these insights

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