Do you find your worries seeping away after a stroll in the forest or by a lake? Nature is like a recharge button for your energy as well as your health and wellbeing.

Plugging ourselves in and allowing the sights, sounds and smells to surround and stimulate us is one of the most soothing and revitalising things we can do in our increasingly busy lives. The air we breathe, the change of the seasons and the diversity of a natural environment seems to make us feel more connected to our bodies and the world.

The idea that nature is good for our health and happiness is not new. The Japanese term shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’ is a concept surrounding the benefits to wellbeing and health that arise from visiting nature. When we are in nature, we experience physical changes to our brains and bodies. Studies have shown that nature decreases stress, makes you happier, enhances focus and creativity, and can even make you more prone to kindness and generosity. In fact, according to a recent study, even looking at pictures of nature can lead to a reduction in stress levels, and improve your mood.

‘The turning of the fagus’ (photo credit Parks and Wildlife Tasmania)

‘The turning of the fagus’ (photo credit Parks and Wildlife Tasmania)

A particularly magnificent event occurs in nature at the end of autumn in Tasmania, when the fagus tree turns its leaves from green to red to vibrant gold. The fagus (Deciduous Beech Nothofagus gunnii) is Tasmania’s only deciduous native tree and Australia’s only cold climate winter-deciduous tree. It is also one of the oldest genera of flowering plants, with fossils dated as far back as 80 million years.

A local tradition is to make the early-morning trek up to Lake St Clair, situated in the Tasmanian World Heritage Listed area, one of the only and best places to view the fagus, for the dawn of ANZAC day. In the morning light, the golden fagus leaves glow ablaze in the morning sun. A magnificent and awe-inspiring moment for reflection and mindfulness.

Fagus in autumn (Photo credit ABC, Rob Barkers)

You can experience this awesome sight by joining us at Lake St Clair for a uniquely refreshing retreat. This is an opportunity to study the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and experience the benefits for your own health and wellbeing.

In this special retreat you can explore the science and practice positive psychology within a beautiful natural environment with like-minded people and gain insights from Sue Langley and the Langley Group Institute team of positive psychology experts.

While studying at this six-day positive psychology retreat you can practice mindfulness in a pristine environment, enjoy bushwalking, canoeing, native wildlife, or immerse yourself in meditative silence while you learn.

It is ideal for busy coaches, leaders, HR practitioners, educators and wellness professionals who want to build expertise in positive psychology or pursue an inspiring and energising new direction in their personal or professional life.

Come and join us for some shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and undertake the life-changing Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing in the presence of one of the most beautiful natural events Australia has to offer.

Book your place now. This six-day intensive positive psychology retreat at Lake St Clair Tasmania will be held on 9th to 14th May. For more locations and dates see our course calendar.