Sonya Dibbin is a qualified Forest Therapy, EcoNidra and Mindfulness Guide. She left her life in corporate employment in 2019 to set up Adore Your Outdoors and now she dedicates her time to helping humans reconnect with nature. Recent evidence from the UK shows that connection with nature, as opposed to time spent in nature, is most beneficial for our mental and psychological health.
Sonya’s unique nature connection practices result in long-lasting feelings of calm, clarity and creativity. Her mix of guided meditation, sensory, nature-based mindfulness and opportunities for quiet reflection make it easy to let go of your day and fully embrace the wonder of the natural world.
She runs in-person half-and full-day retreats for groups in woodlands and gardens in Hampshire and Berkshire, as well as shorter online experiences where the activities are done in participants' gardens.
She takes her inspiration from the Japanese practice ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ which can be translated as ‘bathing your senses in the atmosphere of the forest’. This is often shortened to ‘Forest Bathing’, but there’s no shower cap required!
Despite not even owning a pair of wellies as a kid, the minute Sonya knew she was to become a mother, she knew the best gift she could ever give to her child was a love for all seasons – even winter. Now she lives her dream life: spending more time outdoors, making choices that serve humanity and the natural world alike, and building a legacy to leave behind.
She has a Forest Therapy Guide qualification accredited by the Global Institute of Forest Therapy, a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and is also a trained mental health first aider. With a strong personal belief in the health and wellness benefits of reconnecting with nature, she loves solo mindful meditation under the trees as much as she enjoys volunteering with the Wildlife Trust.