This practice, of slowing down and spending time in nature, is derived from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yuko —which translates as "forest bathing". The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest—or nature—in a way that invites healing interactions.
Studies show that being in nature—or even viewing scenes of nature—reduces anger, anxiety and stress while increasing immunity, relaxation, creativity, and more.
As this is a "virtual walk" you can participate from your home—either inside or out—or a nearby park.
These walks are opportunities to connect to ourselves, others, each other, and our environment (the more-that-human-world around us—plant, animal, rock, sky, river, ocean, human, virus, the weak among us and the strong, the visible and the invisible). Perhaps this will provide an opportunity to listen to our own hearts, to remember how much we want to be alive, and to contemplate the love that binds us all together.
Join Maureen, a certified ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, on a 1.5 hour virtual walk to experience the benefits of Nature/Forest Bathing from the comfort of your home, your yard/balcony/patio, or a park/forest near you.
Next walk: Jan. 7, 2024 at 3pm ET
There is no charge for these walks, though Donations are always appreciated.