What is Forest Bathing
The primary goal of Forest Therapy, Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku is to support the wellness and health of participants through guided immersive experiences in forests and other naturally healing environments and to help them reconnect with nature and the more-than-human world. Forest Bathing sessions are gentle walks with a guide providing instructions - referred to as invitations - for sensory opening activities along the way. These walks follow a standard sequence, as defined by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.
Shinrin-yoku walks: What to expect
Forest Therapy sessions are gentle walks with a guide providing instructions - referred to as invitations - for sensory opening activities along the way. Each walk begins with establishing embodied contact with the present moment and place, followed by a series of connective invitations, mobilizing the power of the senses, adapted to the location and the needs of participants. The walks end with a tea ceremony, sharing tea made from foraged local plants, reflecting on the experience and/or listening to melodic and meditative zen percussion complementing the sounds of the forest in a beautiful way.
Forest Therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense, as an entire
walk is typically 3 to 4 hours in duration and often covers no more than a 1,5
km distance. In that short distance, most people experience contact with nature
in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy
walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant,
even profound. The guide is trained to be a supportive witness of these