Shinrin-yoku literally translates as Forest-Bathing, the Japanese art of taking in the forest atmosphere. It is not psychotherapy but is an opportunity to build your connection to nature, increasing a sense of empathy, and in turn reducing stress and anxiety.
In our busy, modern lives we can become ‘stuck in our heads’; distracted and disconnected with social media, email, technology, binge-viewing, gaming, work, shopping… the list goes on. Forest Bathing helps you take some time slow down, to enhance your senses and use them to feel nature in a deeper way.
The bathe is a gentle walk through nature, around one mile in length, over 2-3 hours. It is not exercise, or a hike. You don’t need any special equipment, just clothing that helps you stay comfortable in our variable climate. Please bear in mind that you may spend some time staying still, sitting or lying down.
Nature is the expert here; I just act as a guide to help you acquire some ideas and ways in which to practice. You can of course forest bathe without a guide, and in time I would encourage you to do so, but if you need somewhere to start, then this maybe for you.
I offer these forest bathes free to members of the public; you can find further details and book a session on my Eventbrite page.