Forest bathing is an opportunity to take a break, unplug from your device and reconnect with your senses, your body and the rest of nature in a new way.
What is forest bathing?
Forest bathing is the recognised Japanese wellbeing practice of slowing down and awakening your senses in woods, parks or other natural environments. Forest bathing is the literal translation of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, which means “to take in the forest atmosphere”, and was developed in Japan as a response to an increased fast paced, sedentary and indoors urban life style from the 1980’s.
Why forest bathing?
Many of us already know intuitively that being in nature is good for our bodies, hearts, spirits and minds – and growing academic evidence supports this. Regular forest bathing has been shown to help lower the body’s stress responses by reducing cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, as well as improving mood and sense of wellbeing.
Forest bathing is not only a way to do something good for ourselves, but also for the rest of the natural world around us, as the more we notice and connect with the rest of nature the more we tend to take care of it.
What to expect from a guided forest bathing walk?
Each forest bathing walk is its own coherent experience, composed of the particular natural site and day, and of carefully crafted invitations prompting you to slow down, awaken all of your senses, and notice the present moment, yourself and the rest of the natural world around you. Each person will experience the walk in their own unique way.
A forest bathing walk lasts for 2-3 hours and we walk less than a mile. Usually we end with a cup of tea brewed from local herbs, but due to covid19 at the moment we encourage people to bring their own beverage.