Forest Bathing

 

Allow yourself to feel the healing effects of the land while experiencing Forest Bathing - a guided meditative walk in Nature. As we wander soaking in the sounds, scents and sights around us, you will be invited to slow down, breathe and connect with the wonder around you through a series of place-based prompts and meditations. Notice the magic that occurs when you slow your body, open your heart to the natural world for a couple of hours. To bring our time together to a close we will celebrate and share our collective experience with a tea ceremony made with foraged wild plants.

The art of forest bathing is the ART of connecting with nature through our senses. All we have to do is accept the invitation while Nature does the rest. We are a part of the natural world. Our rhythms are the rhythms of nature. As we walk slowly through the forest, seeing, listening, smelling, tasting and touching we bring our rhythms into step with nature.

We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. We have known it for centuries. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, 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.

This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. In Japan, we practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.

Forest Bathing has now become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine and is gaining popularity in both the United States and Canada over the past few years. Much research has been conducted on the health benefits of spending time amongst the trees.The health secrets of trees seem to lie in two things: the higher concentration of oxygen that exists in a forest, as compared to an urban setting and the presence of plant chemicals called phytoncides. Phytoncides are the natural oils that a plant produces as part of its defense system against pests and parasites. These oils help humans too. While you walk along a forested trail and breath in these natural compounds, your body responds in a positive way. Physiological stresses are reduced -- cortisol levels decrease while heart rates and blood pressure also lower. Research has also documented higher numbers of immune and cancer fighting cells along with notable decreases in blood-glucose levels in diabetic patients.

Forest Bathing is a practice of reciprocity between you and the forest that is restorative, rejuvenating and regenerative.

Cost: $30 per participant for group walks
 $120 for a private walk, up to 4 people.
$30 for additional participants.
Timing: Walks are 2.5 - 3 hour in duration.

Forest Bathing

Allow me to be your guide in finding your medicine with the forest.

Type of Walk
  • Group Walk
  • Private Walk up to 4 people
$ 30.00