In Japan, shinrin yoku, aka forest bathing, is a slow and sensory walk through the forest and has been a preventative medicine since the 1980's. When practiced regularly, it has been found to be particularly beneficial for our cardiovascular and immune system, to increase our cognitive functions and creativity, and to stabilize and improve our mood.
Nature and forest Therapy is a framework, established by the ANFT Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, for supporting wellness through guided immersive walks in natural environments. The approach is holistic and draws on the Japanese practice, as well as nature connection practices and Way of Council.
Forest therapy doesn't just use nature as a pleasant backdrop, it gives participants a direct experience of themselves as part of the ecosystem. It is about connecting in an authentic and personal way to yourself, your fellow humans and nature.
Unlike other wilderness programs, it is accessible to anyone and easy to incorporate in your day to day life.
If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of time spent in nature, click on "links and resources" in the menu.
Why walk with an ANFT certified forest therapy guide?
Forest therapy guides receive a long and rigorous training and understand the scope and process of that pratice :