Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. The practice is developed by drawing on the latest medical research, new developments in the field of nature connection, and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness. Studies have demonstrated it provides a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. These skills can be adapted to other natural settings besides forests, and are also effective in human-built environments such as city parks and botanic gardens.
Forest Therapy, also known as Shinrin-Yoku or “Forest Bathing”, refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. It is a practice of connection with the natural world, and with each other. A series of guided invitations bring us into the present moment, opening the doors of communication with the forest, waters and landscapes we explore. We encounter not just the forest, but through the many ways nature mirrors us, we also encounter ourselves.
Forest therapy does not engage in activities that require a great deal of physical exertion. Part of the appeal of Shinrin-Yoku-inspired forest therapy is that it is highly accessible to people with a wide range of fitness abilities and conditions. No physical exertion is encouraged or facilitated by the practice.