Forest Bathing/ SHINRIN-YOKU
We all know experiencing Nature can contribute to our emotional and physical well-being.
The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh and clean air, give us a sense of comfort and help us to relax and to think more clearly.
Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.
The Japanese practice of Forest Bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoku, flourished in Japan in 1980 and it has become a very important preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
WHAT IS FOREST BATHING?
Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health.
Being in the forest, away from screens and phones, also encourages us to get in touch with ourselves and to reconnect with nature.
Through our forest walks, we encourage all our participants to engage in activities that help them experience the natural environment with all their senses. We invite you to just simply be present, immerse yourself in the here and now, by noticing what’s happening for you without judging or evaluating.
Tune into Nature.
Only then you'll know where you come from
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Nature is medicine
Time spent in nature has an important protective role to play in health and well-being at all ages. The idea that contemplating nature is good for your health has a long history in cultures around the world.
Forest Bathing allows you to open the door of your senses and engage with the healing powers of Nature.
Research has demonstrated that Forest Bathing can significantly reduce five psychological problems: tension, anxiety, depression, fatigue and confusion.
In addition, studies have proved that the practice boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and aids sleep.
nature for all
A typical forest bathing session lasts between two and three hours, although this will vary depending on the season and the weather. Forest Bathing is more than simply taking a walk in the forest. You won’t be walking very far and you’ll probably spend some time sitting or lying quietly.
The pace is very gentle, we encourage you to really slow down, take time for yourself, and focus on your body rather than your head. Forest bathing can be practiced any time of the year and is suitable for any fitness level.
We recommend you to wear suitable footwear and dress comfortably and weather appropriate.
If you are a family or a group of co-workers and you want to arrange a private forest bathing walk, please get in touch with us and we’ll discuss a date and time that suits you best!