What is forest therapy?
Forest Therapy, or 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. The abundance of research on the benefits of being in nature has helped to shape the practice of Forest Therapy around the world.
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what to expect on a
On a guided forest therapy walk, participants are invited to experience the natural world through a series of guided invitations that draw on mindfulness meditation practices, and the techniques of deep nature connection mentoring. The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
At the end of every invitation, participants are encouraged to participate in a sharing circle where everyone is allowed to express whatever emotions or reactions they may have towards the invitation. This can be an incredibly powerful time for some people, and all forms of sharing are welcome.
The distance of the walk may surprise you. Over the course of three hours, the entire walk may only be a quarter of a mile. This is by design. The guide is there to help you slow down and notice the things around you, however you choose to experience them. Most importantly, the forest is the therapist; the guide is simply there to help you build connections and open doors.