Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing
'the art of becoming immersed in the essence of the forest'
There is a great need for us, humankind, to connect back with nature, to understand the cycles and the moments of magic that exist within the natural world around us. Too long have we shut our eyes to the destruction we have caused and lost our fundamental belonging to the natural world on our very doorstep.
The Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing, is a way of being, of allowing ourselves to deeply connect with the forest, allowing us to remember and connect deeply, and heal.
Spending time in the forest has been proven scientifically (as if we need the science bit!!), to help lower cortisol (stress hormone), lower blood pressure, increase immunity and increase our general sense of wellbeing. Trees emit a chemical called phytoncides which give the 'aroma' of the trees.....BUT this chemical is produced to help plants and trees protect themselves from harmful insects and bacteria.......when we spend time in the forests we breathe in these phytoncides which in turn help our immune systems for several days after our trip to the forest. As well as the phytoncides, the lush colours of the forest, the calmness and tranquility of the forest all play their part in brining us back to nature.
Spending time learning Shinrin Yoku is easy, you just have to let go....open your heart and allow yourself to 'be'. Open the senses to welcome in the forest, and bathe in the forest environment.
Shinrin Yoku walks are not a hike, or trek from a to b....they are gentle, meandering, slow, with deep gratitude for the forest environment.
I will be starting 1-2-1 and group Shinrin Yoku sessions from March 2020.
If you fancy learning a bit more about Shinrin Yoku and how it can help you I will be running several sessions throughout the winter months at Wayford Woods, near Crewkerne and Hawkridge, near Dulverton, Exmoor. Dates for these events are listed on the events page.
If you are interested in coming along to any of the walks then please get in touch - I want to keep numbers small so you can really experience the forest.