Re-establishing a deep connection to nature can be very healing and nourishing. Nature has the power to guide and teach, to soothe and nurture, to excite and energise.
A Japanese practice, Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku literally means ‘forest bath’; bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. Research shows that being in nature for just 2 hours per week can have a significant benefit to our health. Shinrin-Yoku takes this one step further, combining a series of mindful and sensory invitations, reflections and culminating in a traditional tea ceremony.
Shinrin-Yoku is a beautiful experience in all seasons and is a wonderful opportunity to relax, unwind and connect with the natural environment. It allows you time to switch off from the pressures of life and simply ‘be’. Engaging in sensory invitations allows us to be at one with nature, tuning in to our intuition and finding inspiration in the natural world. Sharing our reflections with a group of like minded people over a cup of tea brings a sense of friendship and connection.
Shinrin-Yoku has many benefits:
Boosts the immune system
Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
Improves general feelings of well-being and happiness