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About Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku)

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In the forest

What is Shinrin-yoku?


The Benefits


Why do we need a guide?


What do we do in the walk?

Wht is Sinrin-yoku?

What is Shinrin-yoku ?

Originating in Japan, "Shinrin-yoku" translates to "Forest bathing" or "Immersion in the Forest"  is a science-based public health practice. It is a simple and easy mindfullness walk in nature to de-stress and boost health/wellbeing in a natural way.

The most important aspect of Shinrin-yoku is actively engaging each of your five senses, and consciously connecting with what’s happening in the forest around you.

Though the practice has existed for centuries, the term “Shinrin-yoku” was coined in 1982 by Mr Akiyama, Director of the Japanese Forestry Agency.


When practicing Shinrin-yoku, we feel more deeply connected to nature and our own bodies through conscious awareness of our senses responding to the environment.

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Shin (Dense Forest)

Rin (Forest)

Yoku (Bathing)

The Benefits

The Benefits of Shinrin-yoku

Shinrin-yoku is well known to improve both psychological and physiological well-being, and has become popular around the world for its therapeutic benefits.

It is well known that the human species originated in nature, and evolved to thrive in the natural world. Since we live constantly outside of the natural environment, it makes sense that spending time in a natural space leaves us with a sense of peace and relaxation.  The major benefits of Shinrin-yoku are :

✅ Reduce stress/anxiety

✅ Improve mood swings

✅ Deep relaxation

✅ Feeling calm

​✅ Awareness within self

Additionally, plants and trees produce "Phytoncides", which are aromatic compounds that contribute to the subtle yet distinctive scent of the forest. The benefits of Phytoncide are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral.  Though simply enjoying the aroma of the natural environment is relaxing and invigorating on its own, some research has shown that phytoncides enhance the activity of certain human immune cells, which may benefit immune function.

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Why do we need guide?

Why do I need a guide ?

The  Forest therapy guide is an experienced professional who helps participants gain the most benefit from their walk in the natural environment. 


Your guide has selectively chosen the walk that offers the key elements in accordance to and the principles and practise of Forest Bathing,  such as mindfulness, feeling present and de-stressing. This is achieved  through a guided series of planned activities.


It is also important to note that your guide encourages you to discuss and share the knowledge with other participants so the positive effect and feelings will enhance your wellbeing and those around you.


Additionally, it is not only connecting with nature on your own but also connecting with other people. Whilst the results are not always noticeable immediately, in time, the subtle nature of your experience will be eventually felt, and for a long period after the walk.

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What do we do in the walk?

What do we do in walk ?

The following diagram is the example of what you will experience during the walk.

Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku) is the practice of wandering through the forest, actively engaging each of your five senses, and consciously connecting with what’s happening in the forest around you.

Forest Therapy Activities

Walk Slowly

Just "be"

Tea Ceremony

Sensory Activities

Creative Activities

Wabi Sabi & Shinrin-yoku

View of Meditation Garden

"Wabi Sabi" is a Japanese expression to referring to an Aesthetic concept of perceiving beauty in imperfection.

"Wabi" means "The beauty of the simple and rustic things", and "Sabi" means "the deterioration by passing time".

The concept of "Wabi Sabi" was developed by "Sen no Rikyu (千利休)", a founder of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.  His practice was to focus on rustic simplicity rather than showing off expensive tea bowls.

In nature, "Wabi Sabi" is everywhere and you can only admire these unspoken beauties when slowing down by Shinrin-yoku.

Forest Trees
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