by Hilary Sohn, Owner/The Healing Sanctuary
In today's fast-paced world, we often find ourselves detached from the very essence that nurtures our well-being - namely, Nature. The practice of Forest Bathing takes its inspiration from Shinrin-yoku, a practice in Japan that translates to “Forest Bath”, and offers a magical opportunity to reconnect with the natural world, leading to a host of remarkable health benefits. More than a mere walk in nature, Forest Bathing, combines the practice of mindfulness and a series of invitations that immerse the experiencer more deeply into the natural world and their own deeper self. This practice has a wealth of scientific evidence that points to physical, mental and emotional health benefits, such as:
Join us for more than a walk in the woods on Thursday, August 17th , 6:15-8:30 PM for a Forest Bathing experience with Forest Bathing Guide and Mindful Birding Teacher Holly Merker at Bondsville Mill Park in Downingtown, PA. Space is limited; registration required. More details about the evening walk can be found at our Class link.
1[Citation: Park, B.J., Tsunetsugu, Y., Kasetani, T., Kagawa, T., & Miyazaki, Y. (2010). The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing): evidence from field experiments in 24 forests across Japan. Environmental health and preventive medicine, 15(1), 18-26.]
2[Citation: Li, Q., Morimoto, K., Kobayashi, M., Inagaki, H., Katsumata, M., Hirata, Y., ... & Ohira, T. (2008). A forest bathing trip increases human natural killer activity and expression of anti-cancer proteins in female subjects. Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents, 22(1), 45-55.]
3[Citation: Berman, M. G., Jonides, J., & Kaplan, S. (2008). The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature. Psychological science, 19(12), 1207-1212.]
4[Citation: Ohtsuka, Y., Yabunaka, N., Takayama, S. (1998). Shinrin-yoku (forest-air bathing and walking) effectively decreases blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. International Journal of Biometeorology, 41(3), 125-127.]