Forest bathing walk: slow down, relax, and reconnect
This month, turn your face to the sun and feel its warm and soothing rays.
In Japan, shinrin-yoku, aka forest bathing, is a slow and sensory walk through the forest and has been a preventative well-being practice since the 1980's.
Being immersed in nature and following its pace quietens the mind and relaxes the body, as well as improving your focus and creativity, enabling you to be more receptive to what nature has to mirror back to you.
Each forest bathing walk is a unique experience and follows the seasons and nature’s cycle. It is a gentle stroll of two to three hours in a small group, on a trail that is usually less than a mile. During this time, the guide suggests a series of invitations which enable the participants to be in the present moment and place, help them slow down, as well as experience their surroundings with all their senses and reinforce connection to self, nature, and others. There’s also time spent in silence and time to share our experience together, in a safe space and without any obligation.
Here's what previous participants said:
- "I'm calmer and I feel I have a sharper mind"
- "I'm less hyped-up, more aware of the surroundings and more peaceful"
- "I feel restored and in a more positive mood"
- "I'm more in tune with myself and nature"
About Estelle Asselin
I'm a counsellor and a certified nature and forest therapy guide.
I'm offering nature-based well-being practices to give people an alternative way to keep their balance, cultivate their self-awareness and imagination, as well as reinforce their relationship to nature and others.