In Japan, forest bathing, shinrin-yoku, shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So by practicing forest bathing, you are bathing in the forest, taking in the sunlight, fresh air, sounds, and scents of the trees that surround you.
Forest bathing has been found to alleviate stress and worry and helps us to relax and unwind. Being in nature restores our body and mind. Through nature we let go of our stressors as nature absorbs that energy and replaces it with a feeling of peace and rejuvenation.
Make the intention to go out into nature. Your goal is walking slowly without any destination as you absorb the sounds, sights and smells of the natural world around you. Be mindful as as you connect to nature through your ears, eyes, nose, hands, and feet. Listen to the birds chirping and the sound of the wind in the trees. Notice the different greens of the plants and trees and the sunlight shining through the branches. Smell the scent of the forest and breathe it into every pore of your being. Hold your hands on a tree; feel its strength. Maybe even hug the tree. Dip your fingers and toes into a river or lake. Walk barefoot on the ground and feel the dirt or mud between your toes. Let all of your senses be absorbed by the forest, become one with the forest. Let nature heal. Nature is the best medicine.
Forest bathing can be done anywhere in the world. It can also be done all year long, in hot or cold weather, rain or shine, and even in the snow.
Walking with a trained Eco-Therapeutic guide can help you to find that forest connection and help guide you into also finding ways to incorporate forest bathing into your daily life.
Join me, a Certified Eco-Therapy Guide and Licensed Professional Counselor in a three hour forest bathing group experience in which you will be guided into the world of nature. Spend time alone and connect with others who share the same passion for nature and health and wellness, followed by a forest tea ceremony where you can share your experiences over a cup of wild natural tea.
FOREST BATHING WORKSHOP
The forest is the therapist. Your certified Eco-Therapist Guide, Karolee (Nature Therapist) will assist you on your journey.
Together, we’ll restore our relationship with ourselves and the land with a slow, gentle walk and sitting practice (1.5 hours) enhancing our health, wellness, and happiness. You will be encouraged to slow down and experience both your inner landscape and the world around you in a mindful way.
After a mindful walk and sitting practice through the forest, the group will unite to share experiences with a closing tea ceremony featuring an infusion of wild natural tea (1.5 hours).
Forest Bathing Workshop begins on Saturday, July 23, 2020 at 1:00PM at Schmeeckle Nature Reserve in Stevens Point, WI. The workshop is limited to six participants. Cost for the workshop is $35.00
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