THE JAPANESE ART AND SCIENCE OF SHINRIN-YOKU
Forest Bathing is a relatively new form of intentional return to our natural habitat, our forests, to relink to the earth’s abundant forces of energy. This simple act of restorative cleansing soothes our minds, recharges our lives and improves health. Scientific studies from 2004 to 2012 also validate the practice of Forest Bathing and renewal. Trees emit essential oils called phytoncides, to protect themselves from germs and insects. Exposure to the woods, inhaling the cool forest air filled with phytoncides doesn’t just feel refreshing — it actually improves the functioning of our human immune system and helps prevents tumour growth and cancer. We absorb the power of the trees into our own systems.
How does it work?
An experienced Forest Therapy Guide leads you through a natural area using carefully worded and timed 'Invitations.'
These invitations help you 'escape your mind' and to experience the forest through your senses.
Scientific research has demonstrated that this technique can have many healing effects on the walker including reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, alleviating depression, stabilizing moods, and more.
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CERTIFIED FOREST THERAPY GUIDE
Forest Walk : July 9 and 27, 2019 10:00 am
Where: Belvoir Estate Farm & Equestrian Centre
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OVERVIEW of a Typical Shinrin-Yoku - Forest Bathing Walk
Duration of Walk: Walks are often 2 - 3 hours in duration.
Length of Walk: Distance covered during walks is often between 1 and 3 km.
Pace of Walk: Moving at a slow pace, with several sitting breaks in between the 3 to 6 optional "Invitations."