What is Forest Bathing? “Forest Bathing is an easy way to immediately improve your overall wellbeing without much effort. A simple, slow walk in nature to open the senses creates the perfect conditions for the mind and body to relax and heal. On a forest bathing walk, participants gather among trees to practice slow movement and breath while noticing the details of the natural world. No experience is necessary, and the walk is less than one mile in length. The benefits of forest bathing are well-researched and include easing depression and anxiety, improving immunity, reducing cortisol (stress hormone), and lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
A typical forest bathing session is between an hour and two hours and gives participants a chance to reset their nervous system and find a fresh perspective on their world. There is no destination on a forest bathing walk, just a goal of noticing and appreciating one’s surroundings. This simple state of wonderment and relaxation creates a big boost in wellness that lasts for two to three weeks after the session. Participants are guided through invitations to connect with their senses (sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste) as a way to deeply enjoy the environment. Following tradition, a forest bathing walk ends with a tea ceremony to celebrate the plants around and close the experience by highlighting the sense of taste.”
- 20 Nov, 2022 from 10-Noon. FREE Guided “forest bathing” therapy session at Freeway Park in Seattle. Meet in Seneca Plaza at 10am. Free. More info: Forest Bathing w/ Cascadia Forest Therapy | Facebook
More public “forest bathing” therapy sessions ($25-30)
Join Cascadia Forest Therapy for a guided “forest bathing” therapy session in a local park. These sessions are slow-paced and generally cover less than a mile of trail. During this time the guide, in partnership with the forest, will offer an evolving series of invitations crafted to help participants slow down and open their senses. The opening of one’s senses encourages mindfulness, which readies the heart and mind to be fully present in the natural world. Forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku) has been popular in Japan for decades and is gaining momentum in the US. The practice encourages you to move in nature at a slower pace and take in the atmosphere around you.
- 19 Nov, 2022 from 10-11:30am. Guided “forest bathing” therapy session at Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. Cost: $25. More info: Forest Bathing Walk, Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10 – 11:30am – Events (uw.edu)
- 03 Dec, 2022. Lincoln Park. Guided “forest bathing” therapy session every first Saturday at Lincoln Park. Cost: $30. More info: Lincoln Park – Guided Forest Bathing Dec 03, 2022 – Cascadia Forest Therapy
- 07 Jan, 2023. Lincoln Park. Guided “forest bathing” therapy session every first Saturday at Lincoln Park. Cost: $30. More info: Lincoln Park – Guided Forest Bathing Jan 07, 2023 – Cascadia Forest Therapy
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