A shorter version of a typical forest bathing walk, this Intro session includes a guided sensory meditation and invitations to engage with nature and each other.
Part meditation, part nature connection, forest bathing is a therapeutic practice that can help you tame your mental chatter and embrace the sensations you feel in your body, helping you find yourself in the present moment. This deep dive into sensory experience activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you relax and restore your body. It is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity, encouraging the remembrance of belonging to nature and building deeper connections and healthy relationships with the more-than-human world.
Forest bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bath” and just means to take in the atmosphere of the forest (no literal bathing required!). It is a practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness.
Forest bathing gives our mental resources a break and provides a pathway for people to remember how to immerse themselves in nature to rest from all that consumes them in their daily lives. A growing body of research suggests that spending time in nature can deliver a range of health benefits including:
- Boosts our immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress, anxiety & depression
- Improves sleep
- Enhances creativity
- Improves mental & cognitive function