Connection To The More Than Human World
Shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing, is a practice that involves immersing oneself in nature and engaging all the senses to experience its healing benefits. The term “shinrin-yoku” comes from Japan, which has been widely embraced to promote physical and mental well-being and has spread globally.
This practice serves as a bridge between humans and the natural world. We can cross this bridge by opening our senses and experiencing nature’s transformative effects. Shinrin-yoku allows us to connect with nature more deeply, promoting physical and mental well-being and reducing stress and anxiety.
Finding time to connect with nature can be challenging in our fast-paced modern lives, but the benefits are clear. Shinrin-yoku provides a pathway to connect with the natural world and improve our health and happiness. It’s a powerful reminder of the tranquillity and beauty in the world around us and encourages us to slow down and appreciate it.
There are opportunities to engage with nature and reap its benefits, even in our homes. Whether it’s spending time in a nearby park, tending to a garden, or simply taking a moment to appreciate the natural beauty outside our windows, the practice of shinrin-yoku can be incorporated into our daily lives.
Are You Ready for a Deeper Connection?
Tara is a certified Forest Therapy Guide trained by Forest Medicine researchers in Japan and professionals in the US and Canada. She is also a Ph.D. candidate at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, researching the health benefits of forest bathing in Canada. I offer virtual and in-person guiding services for groups.
Contact us to discuss your next shinrin-yoku experience and connect with nature on a deeper level.