What is Forest Bathing?
"Shinrin-Yoku" or forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. It literally means to bathe in the atmosphere of the forest, immersing your senses in your surroundings. No swimsuits or water required! Not a hike, there is no goal, just discovery, curiosity, awareness, openness, awe and joy.
Named an official activity since the 1980's, when the Japanese Forest Agency suggested the practice as a way to reconnect with nature and calm stressed out city dwellers, it's a slow sensory walk through the forest using mindfulness, meditation, breathing and walking exercises.
Your guide will invite you to participate in various activities and exercises all designed to awaken your natural senses and slow down your mind, to bring your awareness to the here and now deep within nature.
Relaxing, connecting, stimulating, refreshing, immersing and awakening to our natural roots, we are all connected to nature.
***Forest Bathing and Mindfulness exercises are not replacements or alternatives to professional medical help for physical or mental health. They are practices that instead offer tactics and skills that may help you whilst managing your health and wellness, and may provide some space and calm amongst the stress and worries. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch and I am happy to signpost to professional medical or mental health services that may be more support and help.***