Forest Bathing, or Shinryn - Yoku, is a practice that originated in Japan in the 1980s. It can be translated to 'taking in the medicine of the forest'.
This practice of 'stillness in nature' includes elements of mindfulness practice, sharing council, as well as deeply turning inward and connecting with nature on a personal and intimate level.
Forest Bathing does not only help deepen our connection with the natural world, it also hopes to inspire love and stewardship for the land.
Among the health benefits of forest bathing are reduced anxiety and reduced stress, better sleep, and a greater overall sense of well-being and joy.
Forest bathing with children and youth:
Gently guide children and youth to open their senses and invite in imagination and interaction with the forest and trees.
Offer fun and engaging invitations to experience oneself and nature in a different way.
Quiet the mind and body and offer relief from anxiety and expectations of having to perform in a specific way.
Provide an opportunity for children and youth to experience nature and trees as allies.
Provide opportunities for children and youth to fall in love with nature and to develop a sense of stewardship for the natural world.