‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’.
Forest Bathing is a form of Japanese therapy that's known as Shinrin-Yoku (森林浴) . The term means taking in the forest atmosphere and does not involve immersing yourself in water!
Research has demonstrated that even as little as 15 minutes spent among trees can lower cortisol levels, boost the immune system and reduce anxiety. I discovered the benefits of the forest after I rescued my first dog about 11 years ago. Since then I have been dog walking in my local woods daily and have discovered the support, healing and guidance that trees in particular, and nature in general, can offer us. I have also been practising mindfulness for some years which works well with forest bathing.
I am currently piloting, with a colleague, small group forest bathing workshops in my local woods in Cranbrook and in Shorne Woods Country Park near Gravesend. These workshops combine Shinrin-Yoku with mindfulness. Please contact me by email click here, or by telephone on 01580 714255 for more information, or to be added to the mailing list for these workshops.