Health and wellbeing

Discover the range of health and wellbeing activities that take place at the Forest Centre


Start your week the way you want to continue and experience relaxation in natural surroundings at Thames Chase Forest Centre.

Monday mornings at 10.30-12.00
Cost: £7 per session (best booked as groups of four sessions in advance)

Experienced tutor John London  BWY.

Ring for a place on our next course: 01708 642970 or  07785 901 886

Why would you want to learn how to meditate, or relax well? 

Why would you think that it is difficult to learn, these questions can be answered by trying for yourself!

Each week we meet as a group of people embarking on a journey for each person, why not join us?

You will be guided on a passage of mental exercises by an experienced teacher.  No stress, no fuss just easy relaxation techniques and exercises that everyone can master. No prior experience needed.

“The benefits of meditation on overall mental and physical health have been demonstrated in a wide range of scientific studies. Despite this, you might still be a little sceptical about meditation. When the word is mentioned a whole cascade of stereotypes can spring to mind: Buddhist monks, yoga classes, lentils, brown rice . . . So, before we proceed, we’d like to dispel some myths:"

Peace of mind and tranquillity of thoughts, is a right, that everyone can achieve without too much cost, effort or training.

Meditation is not a religion. It is simply a form of mental training that has been proven in countless scientific trials to help people cope with pain, illness, anxiety, stress, depression, irritability and exhaustion.

Meditation will not trick you into passivity or resign you to your fate. On the contrary, mindfulness boosts mental and physical resilience.

Meditation will not seduce you into adopting a fake ‘positive’ attitude to life. It simply creates a form of mental clarity that helps you to enjoy life and achieve your goals.

Meditation does not take a lot of time in fact it can take around twenty minutes per day, many people find that it liberates more time than it consumes because they spend far less time having to cope with chronic pain, illness and stress.

Meditation is not difficult or complicated, although it does require some effort and persistence. You can meditate on more or less anything. You can also do it virtually anywhere – on buses, trains, and aircraft or even in the busiest office.

You will be amazed how simple the whole process is.


Yoga for all

Weekly Yoga classes

A total mind and body workout, yoga increases flexibility, enhances wellbeing and life balance, and aids relaxation.  All abilities welcome, including pregnant ladies and beginners.

Tuesdays:  7:45-9pm at Coopers Coborn School, St Marys Lane, Upminster, RM14 3HS

Thursdays: Please note this class is being covered by Paula (below) until March.

£6 per session

For more information contact Janet Tibble (qualified Britsh Wheel of Yoga teacher)

Mobile: 07920 237666
Phone: 01708 226196


Holistic Yogini

Whether for the breathing exercises, the body toning or the combination of both to help you get back to you, these weekly sessions are perfect for stress relief and improving your health and wellbeing. All yogic abilities supported, beginners welcome.

Winter timetable (January - March 2020)

Monday lunchtimes (12:15-13:30pm) 

Wednesday evenings (19:15-20:30pm) 

Thursday mornings (10:00-11:15am) 

£70 - 10 classes at £7 a session / £40 - 5 clasess at £8 a session / drop in class pass £9 / first class pass £5

Booking essential - contact Paula on: 07958 682172 or by email.

Both series are hosted in the Ford Education Room at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, by Paula Restrick, an experienced yoga teacher and holistic health therapist, specialising in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra, as well as Mindfulness Meditation.


Relaxsingh at the Forest Centre

Emma Singh joins our programme of talented health and wellbeing coordinators at the Forest Centre in Autumn 2019. 

Sessions run on Tuesday evenings (19:00-20:15) - £8 per class, or get 'Zen in Ten' for a special ten-class offer of just £65.

Book online via the Relaxingh website


Forest bathing

The Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku - or forest bathing - is increasingly popular in the UK and has been shown to be an effective stress relief technique, helping people reconnect with the natural world around them.

Whether it's through taking a mindful walk through the woods, pausing to breathe in the forest air while on a stroll, or even by sitting by a tree when having a picnic or lunch, studies have shown the powerful effects of relaxing in a serene natural environment.

Across the Community Forest there are hundreds of places that people can walk through to practice this technique.

Here's a handy guide produced by our partners, Forestry England.

Find out more about locations within a short walk, ride, cycle or drive that can help you reconnect with yourself and the landscape.

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