…a mindful, multisensory, nature immersive experience.
What is Forest Bathing?
Forest Bathing (or Shinrin-Yoku in Japanese) is a mindful, multisensory, nature immersive experience. It originated in Japan in 1982 as part of a national health programme designed to reduce population stress levels. Forest Bathing is a health promoting, salutogenic, nature connection practice that aims to enhance wellbeing, relieve stress, and encourage relaxation. It is underpinned by mindfulness principles, encouraging: the opening of the senses to the forest atmosphere; slowly walking through the forest; inhaling the forest air; and fostering an emotional connection to the landscape.
What is a Forest Bathing Guide?
The role of a Forest Bathing Guide is to help participants bathe their senses in the forest atmosphere. Guides support and facilitate restorative experiences through sensory connection with the natural world. They work at the levels of health promotion (i.e. enhancing wellbeing), primary disease prevention (i.e. averting the onset of illness/disease), and secondary disease prevention (i.e. reducing the impact of disease). Forest Bathing can be combined with other wellness practices such as yoga, tai chi, and massage. After Forest Bathing, people frequently report rejuvenation, restoration, greater mental clarity, and enhanced creativity.
Nature as Medicine
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Centre for Integrative Forest Therapy
71 Lower Baggot Street