The forest is the therapist. The guide opens the door.
Forest Therapy is a gentle practice that involves moving very slowly and mindfully through nature, soaking it in with all of our senses. It is a relaxing experience that connects people to natural environments through sensory-based invitations. It is not hiking in the traditional sense.
An entire walk is typically 2-21/2 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way that they ever have prior to the walk.
Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of “shinrin yoku”, which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.
For more information on forest therapy and its' benefits, please check out the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs website.
Sample forest therapy here.
Here is a short video on finding a sit spot.
Read how forest therapy is helping during Covid-19 here.
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