6 magical forest walks in Devon to relieve stress
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Take a walk on the wild side in Devon with these strolls which combine outdoor-based therapy workshops with art, says KATE WILLIAMS
Connecting with nature is something Emma Capper uses to de-stress and source creativity - and she introduces others to the concept through her forest therapy workshops.
Founded in 2013, Creative Journeys in Nature introduces people to a relationship with the natural world, firing their imagination and promoting creativity for mental, spiritual and physical benefit.
Totnes-based Emma explains: “I founded Creative Journeys in Nature, weaving my love of art and nature together to curate workshops and forest therapy walks to connect adults and children with their innate creativity and our natural world.
“Spending regular time in nature really benefits my mental health. I can wake of a morning feeling rather anxious or just flat and tired. After a few minutes walking along the riverside path or in the woods I start to feel lifted.”
And six of Emma’s favourite places to guide walks in Devon are these spots:
Hembury Woods, near Buckfastleigh
Bradley Woods, following the River Lemon
In 2018, Emma trained as a nature and forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest therapy guides and programmes.
Creative Journeys in Nature are aimed at everyone, according to Emma. “I make sure they’re accessible to all generations and abilities,” she says. “We are all creative in so many different and unique ways, we often just don’t realise it.”
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By introducing people to local woods and green spaces, Emma says her walks bring people together, counteracting social isolation, help them authentically develop a deep connection to their natural home, which they can then share with family, friends, and people they meet.
She adds: “I especially like to work with adults and help bring back a sense of freedom and play.
“Research has proven that the walks are very soothing to the nervous system, and provide time to step away from the pressures and responsibilities of modern life.”