The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. These effects are enhanced under the canopy of a living forest.
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.
We offer walks in beautiful areas, guided in such a way as to enhance your experience of being in nature and giving you opportunities to take in the quiet and calm the mind. Some may call this a walking meditation, others see it as outdoor therapy, it can be simply enjoyed as “me time” surrounded by greenery and fresh air.
We learn how to be in the present moment by connecting with our feet and the breath as we walk. We stop at times to listen and look. We may even choose to leave our cares in a stone and stroll in freedom for a while or let go of an old regret and send it off down a stream or off on a puff of wind. Our exercises are interesting and varied and each guide has their own personal way of encouraging participants to BE as they move through the natural landscape.
Interestingly enough research shows that positive changes take place in the body during forest bathing as stress hormones diminish. In the forest we also breath in airborn wood essential oils that fight infection.
We all know it feels good to get out into nature so join a walk and we will make the most of everything the experience has to offer.