Literally translated, this means ‘Forest Bathing.’ This practice is very popular in Japan where it developed as a form of therapy in the 1980’s as the antidote to urban living and the ailments that arise from constant stress and a lack of connection with nature.
There is something about consciously slowing down in nature that inspires us to be creative. New ideas thoughts, inspirations and surprises are more able to come when have the opportunity to wonder at the world around us.
In a forest bathing walk, which can take up to 2 hours, the emphasis is on our relationship with trees and letting them be our guide as we take time to slow down and witness nature. So often when we go for a walk in the woods we are trying to get somewhere. Here, we can find a wealth of sharing and wisdom that will astound just by sitting still and walking or moving very slowly. The walks are often largely quiet with time allotted for sharing experiences.
In this time we may practice any sorts of exercises that tickle our senses, including touch, sound, sight, smell, sometimes taste. We may also use guided visualisation exercises, sketching, singing, sharing, journalling. There is often so much laughter and joy around trees together with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of ourselves that comes from simply giving us the time to sit still!
Please contact me at any time if you would like to come and share the Shinrin Yoku experience.
'The best way to deal with stress at work
is to go for a forest bath.
I go for Shinrin-yoku every lunchtime.'