Liminality is defined as being between two stages or transitions, such as when a person is no longer a child but not yet an adult. Liminal spaces offer opportunities for creativity and growth but can also be uncomfortable due to uncertainty and fear.
Forest immersion and nature-based practices can provide a scaffold for people to connect with nature and explore new ways of being. The ideas and identities that emerge from liminal spaces can help us discover and create our path in life. Connecting with nature can feel like an in-between liminal state when someone transitions from their usual daily environment into nature. A nature-based liminal space can be a transformative experience that allows people to disconnect from their familiar surroundings and deeply connect with the more-than-human world.
Forest therapy, also known as Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing, is a nature-based practice that promotes health and well-being by immersing oneself in a forest environment. As a forest therapy guide, I have witnessed the transformative power of nature on people’s lives.
Research has shown that spending time in nature can lower stress levels, improve mood, and boost overall health. By entering into a liminal space when transitioning from our daily routine to a forest environment, we open ourselves up to new experiences and perspectives.
Forest spaces can be liminal spaces that offer opportunities for growth, creativity, and self-discovery through connecting with the natural world. The natural world provides a canvas for exploration and self-discovery. Through forest immersion practices such as mindfulness, sensory awareness, and guided meditation, individuals can tap into their innate creativity and explore new ways of being.
As we navigate the challenges of modern life, it’s essential to prioritize our connection with nature and recognize the power of liminal spaces. By immersing ourselves in the natural world, we can access a more profound sense of self and unlock our full potential.