Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
June 15th, 2019 | Colin McCrate
Forest bathing turns a contemplative stroll in the woods into a proven branch of therapy
If you’re pining for serenity, a free walk with the Friends of North Creek Forest group could bring natural relief.
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Forest bathing, quite simply, means wandering quietly among the trees, turning up the volume on your senses, and immersing yourself in nature.
A forest bathing walk is not a natural history lesson. You’re not there to identify native plants, understand ecosystems, or share the land’s history—at least these are not primary goals. The “knowledge acquisition” part of your brain is invaluable, for sure, but forest bathing is a chance to give it a rest, to instead exercise your brain’s emotional and imaginative “muscles.”