Forest Bathing – immerse yourself in nature
“Shinrin-Yoku”” or forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. A preventative medicine since the 1980s, 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.
Research has proven that spending time around trees can reduce blood pressure, lower stress, boost energy and boost the immune system. 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.
Please ensure you wear warm comfortable clothing and footwear, this is a slow walk and can get colder than on a normal pace walk if the weather is cold or wet. Layers are a good idea, thermals, hats, scarves and bring waterproofs and wellies if rain is likely.