Path at Horton Pond, Jekyll Island, GA

Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing

Experience the Health Benefits of Nature

You know being outside feels good, but have you ever wondered why? Research shows that time in the forest is deeply restorative for your mind, body, and brain.  In Japan, doctors prescribe a type of forest therapy called Shinrin Yoku, which translates to 'taking in the forest atmosphere’ or forest bathing. 

Scientists have learned that trees give off an organic chemical compound, called phytoncides. When you go into the forest (or most anywhere in Nature)—with all your senses attunded—you bathe in these compounds which then provide a multitude of benefits including:

  • Reduces stress, blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety, anger, depression
  • Restores focus and attention span
  • Improves sleep and strengthens the immune system
  • Increases creativity, critical thinking, decision making, energy, and vitality
  • Increases Natural Killer cell activity (cancer and tumour fighting cells increase)
  • Increases feelings of awe, wonder, gratitude, peace, and interconnectedness
  • Fosters healthier relationships with self, others and nature

There's one glitch—you won't get these same results by hiking, running, or mountain biking. Forest bathing is a different way of being in nature. By going out with a guide you will be shown how to tap into this simple, yet powerful practice. Once you know how to do it, you can practice it anytime and anywhere for free and reap the benefits for yourself.

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Join Maureen Miller, a certified ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, on a two to three hour walk to experience the benefits of Forest Bathing. We will cover a short distance (about a quarter of a mile), but we will see and hear much more. 

Next scheduled public walk Friday, October 18. To join this walk, contact

To schedule a private walk, contact Maureen at

For more detailed information about the benefits see: