I have issues with my hands but I’m able to feel the textures and listen to the poem. I’m so thankful. It’s very different. Soft Fascination participant
Drawing on the Japanese practice of forest bathing, this project was a collaboration between People United, Selina Thompson Ltd and three local artists Nova Marshall, Neelam Saredia-Brayley and Helen Seymour. Together we created an immersive forest bathing kit, designed to bring nature to people who rarely or never leave their homes.
Taking inspiration from a forest bathing session in Blean Woods near Canterbury, the artists produced bespoke handcrafted items to stimulate the senses, including moss, bark, fern ink, scented oil, a feather, a ceramic bird, a poem (with a link to a calming soundtrack), two small ceramic dishes for the oil and ink, and a pair of forest glasses, layered with shades of green and brown.
Our producer, Mandy Quy-Verlander worked in partnership with a number of organisations to share the package with recipients on a two to one basis (she is always accompanied by somebody known to the recipient, such as a support worker or befriender).
Responses to this gift of wellbeing have been warm and positive, and feedback is informing how we collaboratively take this project forward and develop it further.
Hi I just wanted to thank you for the lovely box you dropped off! I have [had] lots of fun with it, the bird warbler is wonderful, Sophie my daughter thinks we should go round wearing green glasses all the time, life looks a lot better in green glasses. Soft Fascination participant
[Pam] was especially pleased with the Bird and it is sitting on her mantelpiece. It was an absolute delight to watch her get stuck into the box. She felt thought about and enjoyed the conversation we had unpacking each forest item. Charlotte, Community Warden
Soft Fascination zine – included as part of the Forest Bathing kits.
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