“Nature itself is the best physician.” -Hippocrates
Forest Bathing, also called Forest Therapy, is a practice of deepening a sense of connection with nature through a 1.5- 2 hour walk with anywhere from 1 participant to 10-12. Typically a slow wander through nature, it can be adapted in many ways for different groups and abilities. A Forest Bathing walk is not a naturalist walk, a rigorous walk, or actual bathing (all clothes stay on!). During this experience, the guide does not serve as a therapist — the forest is considered the therapist — but rather opens possible connections by offering suggestions that help the participant develop a more sensory and embodied relationship with the surrounding nature. Forest Therapy has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression, and help us slow down from our hectic lives.