“Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting 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.”
— M. AMOS CLIFFORD,
Founder of the Association of Nature
and Forest Therapy Guides and Program
Being in nature makes us feel good, this is not new information.
Hopefully most of us can at least conjure up an experience of being in the woods and how the sounds of the wind, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air; offered a sense of comfort. Simply being outside can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.
Research is now explaining how nature eases our stress and worries, helps us relax and think more clearly.
This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between the natural world and us.
Tracey is a certified Forest Bathing/therapy guide in training with the ANFT.
*In addition to scheduled Forest bathing walks, private walks are available upon requests for families and groups.
Suggested gifts $25
Additional Forest Bathing Resources:
- The Core Intention behind Forest Bathing by M. Amos Clifford
- Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art Review by Margaret M. Hansen, Reo Jones, and Kirsten Tocchini, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health