Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy

Invitation to dance with nature, healing your soul and body. 

Everything Is Connected to Everything Else. Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring) asked if we could master ourselves and our appetites to live as though we humans are an equal part of the earth’s systems and not the master of them.

Transforming Relationships between Humans and Nature has always been a passion for me. 

Nature teaches us all what we are distracted from.  If we tune into nature, we can see, hear, feel, taste and touch what is most important. Mother Nature presents us all the gift of being nurtured, learning our boundaries of excess, and what we can embrace in every moment of our daily lives to listen to one another, in turn creating a better world. 

A person dear to my heart introduced me to his experience with the healing power of forests – and the natural world that supports wellness in our stress-full society. I smiled when I heard the word forest bathing as it sounded magical.

Shinrin-Yoku means “taking in the forest air” or “forest bathing” in Japanese. When you spend time in the forest you reap therapeutic benefits. In addition to the calming sights and sounds, fresh forest air administers beneficial airborne substances released by plants, phytoncides. These wood essential oils can alleviate stress, elevate mood, lower blood pressure and boost immune system health. Forest Bathing is simple: Take a contemplative walk in a natural area, pause to observe nature’s details, listen and breathe deeply. Soothing, renewing and therapeutic benefits will be yours.

Forest Therapy supports healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. Apart from physiological impact there is also a psychological and mental health impact on depression and loneliness. Body-mind-soul connect.

Can you imagine the appreciation and awareness it brings about the beauty of our environment, and therefore a desire to care about it? 

This is an invitation for curiosity and empowering society to embrace nature in every way through connecting with nature and connecting with likeminded people. Inviting nature to be a companion, and just be and help healing. 

I personally am eager to practice and enhance my awareness of my relationship with nature that supports my healing, meaning and purpose.

We would love to hear your experience and listen to your storytelling regarding this amazing fascinating practice. 

“The leaf of every tree brings a message from the unseen world. Look, every falling leaf is a blessing.” – Rumi