“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson
Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, is a practice that combines mindfulness with being in nature, particularly amongst trees.
This typically involves a gentle, mindful, meditative walk in the woods or forest. No water is involved; the bathing element is about immersion in the restorative qualities of nature.
The concept was born in Japan where over half of the population indulge in Shinrin-Yoku which helps to provide an antidote to the technology intensive business that fills our lives.
Research (since the mid 1980s) in Japan, Korea and the US (California) have established strong clinical evidence that the practice has a number for physical and mental health benefits.
To practice forest bathing you awaken all of your senses to nature, connecting by, breathing, seeing, listening, touching, tasting, smelling, sensing and just being.
Following this practice has been proven to create a range of health benefits for the body and the mind. This is where we come in – we host forest bathing as a recreational and therapeutic initiative to improve wellbeing and connection with nature for different groups.
We have started a new social enterprise for this important activity. The business is called Aquafolium. Please visit us here: www.aquafolium.co.uk