This experience is great for anyone who has already had some exposure to forest therapy, also known as shinrin-yoku (or its direct translation “forest bathing”), which will include:
- review basic concepts of forest therapy practice
- at least 2 guided exercises (in forest therapy known as “invitations” to highlight that there is no particular way they must be carried out and that you may interpret and do them in your own way) which engage the physical senses
- at least 2 guided exercises which go beyond the 5 physical senses and draw upon the intuitive senses of proprioception, enteroception, mirror sensing and body radar.
Duration: 2 – 2½ hours Participants: up to 9 Location: Off-Grid Retreat (outdoor)
Dress in whatever is comfortable and permits free movement. The terrain is level, and we won’t be covering any big distance, so footwear need not be for “hiking”, just for ambling. If you have any physical movement limitations please advise me in advance. In winter, sufficient warm clothing is strongly advised since forest bathing moves at a slower pace.
You may wish to bring a journal and pen for recording some reflections. If you are not comfortable sitting directly on the ground and/or against a tree, bring a small, portable seat/stool/mat of some sort. Please do not bring your dog. Please do bring an open mind :-) Forest bathing is a different way of interacting with the natural world than you may be used to… but it is also easy going, you’ll be guided with instructions, and there is no right or wrong way to do it.