About Forest Therapy
The name “forest therapy“ – sometimes referred to as “forest bathing“ – reflects the deep therapeutic benefits of being in nature. This approach to promoting health is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which was brought to U.S. by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org).
Forest bathing is a practice of slowing down, opening senses, and moving mindfully through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence and invite a person to actively communicate with the land through sensory-based invitations provided by a forest therapy guide.
When done over time, this practice supports the healing and joyful well-being that spontaneously arise in the relationship between humans and nature, known as more-than-human world. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health benefits of forest bathing:
- reduced blood pressure
- reduced blood cortisol levels
- increased counts of natural killer cells that combat disease
- improved perception of vigor
- reduced stress levels
- increased happiness and creativity
You can find collection of research on the health benefits of nature and forest therapy HERE.
Forest therapy is a deeply relational practice that grows reverence and healing, not just for humans but also for nature herself. The relationship between human and nature is beneficial for both – as nature heals the person, the person comes to love and respect nature and, rooted in that reverence, a new relationship of reciprocity is founded.
As a forest therapy guide I invite you to explore your relationship with nature. I open doors for the mysteries of the land and more-than-human-world to unfold and reveal themselves to you in a safe container. I hold space for your uniqe individual experience of connecting with nature with a carefully structured offering of gentle prompts to support moving out of your thinking brain into your body with opening senses to our outer and inner landscapes.