Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku as its known in Japan, where it originated, is a wellness practise immersing ourselves in the forest atmosphere. This practice has proven to enhance wellbeing, relieve stress, boost creativity, encourage relaxation and deepen our relationship with nature and each other. It is a gentle practise, slowing down to the pace of the forest helping to cultivate a more mindful practice of being.
A forest bathing walk is very different from your regular walk in the woods. Unlike an ecological walk that focuses on education, forest bathing is a more intimate experience, to help us find joy and peace in the moment. It begins with a guided nature meditation to awaken the senses through a series of experiences with the natural world. Listening to the forest soundscape, noticing textures, smells, sights and breathing in the forest air, all help ground us in the here and now. This is followed by a series of invitations guided and unguided allowing space for your own personal nature connection.
A typical walk is approximately 2 km at most but lasts between 2 to 3 hrs . The walk finishes with a lovely traditional tea ceremony using local foraged plants from the forest. As Modern society is becoming faster paced, it is more important now than ever to give ourselves restorative time, to empower ourselves and increase our own health and wellbeing. Walks can be tailored for different private groups, businesses, families, schools, corporate clients as well as one to one sessions.
Scientific studies have shown that guided forest bathing walks
have many positive benefits such as :
Yes you can, but for a lot of people while they are out in the woods their mind is still racing and they are thinking about all the things they have to do afterwards or tomorrow’s plans, what’s for lunch, what the kids need etc. Some find it hard to quiet the mind, be still and be truly present in the moment. This is why a guide is helpful.
The guide sets the pace helping you to slow down to the rhythm of the forest for maximum benefit. By inviting you to connect with the forest through different activities, you can gain new insights and perspectives. Forest guides are non-judgemental listeners who hold space and create opportunities to share your experiences within the course of the walk. Guides take time to prepare walking routes that are safe and peaceful, allowing you to completely relax and unplug totally from cares and responsibilities. The forest therapist works in partnership with the forest to create the best conditions for growth and healing, making every walk unique. The forest is the real therapist and the guide simply opens the doors.