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Forest bathing

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Nov 11, 2024 13:00

Slow down and relax with this evidence-based, therapeutic practice of forest bathing, that connects people to the natural world


Forest Bathing is an evidence-based, therapeutic practice that connects people to the natural world through gentle, sensory-based activities. It originated in Japan where it is known as Shinrin Yoku which roughly translates as taking in the forest with all your senses. The practice involves walking slowly, breathing deeply, and using your senses to connect with the natural world.

Just two hours in a woodland can act as a preventative of the build-up of many modern stress related maladies and can be beneficial for up to 30 days. Forest Bathing has a wide range of benefits, it has been shown in studies to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and improve mental health.

During our guided forest bathing walk, our certified guide will lead you into Deepdale Farm’s private woodland, on an experience of connecting to the forest through all 5 senses. We will engage in a range of exercises or “introductions” to explore the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of the forest.

It will help you to slow down to the pace of your environment and observe its magnitude, peace and complexity. Your breathing will slow and deepen, your sense of hearing will become more acute, your brain will stop thinking of the everyday list of “to-do’s” and your natural surroundings will envelope you in its peace and serenity.

Forest bathing walks are suitable for children over 16 years old, and for all fitness levels. Unlike a lot of other outdoor activities, Forest bathing is well-suited for those who are less active and may not normally take long walks outdoors.