SHINRIN-YOKU | FOREST BATHING
WHAT IS SHINRIN-YOKU?
It is scientifically proven that just staring at trees through a window can help to reduce stress and lower anxiety levels. So imagine the positive health benefits of being in a forest.
The Japanese practice of "Shinrin yoku" aka Forest Bathing. Is positive for both physical and mental wellbeing. It is proven to reduce stress hormone production, improve feelings of happiness & free up creativity, as well as lowering heart rate and blood pressure, boosting the immune system and accelerating recovery from illness. “Social prescribing” and "nature therapy" is a growing movement in the NHS.
Doctors in Scotland have even started to prescribe bird watching & hiking as a form of nature healing & therapy.
“Forest bathing is an opportunity for people to take time out, slow down and connect with nature. We believe it could be part of a mix of activities for social prescription,” Stuart Dainton of the Woodland Trust says.
“Evidence about its benefits is building.”
Shinrin-yoku was developed in the 1980s in Japan. Although people had been taking walks in the country’s forests for centuries, new studies showed that such activity could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improve concentration and memory. A chemical released by trees and plants, called phytoncides, was found to boost the immune system. As more research highlighted the benefits of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese government incorporated it into the country’s health programme.
Li - president of the Society for Forest Medicine in Japan, and the author of Shinrin-Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing – is a world expert and has conducted numerous studies. “It’s a preventative medicine, not a treatment,” states Li.
People spend their lives increasingly indoors. About 80% of Japan’s population lives in urban areas, and the average American now spends more than 90% of their time indoors. But we are designed to be connected to the natural world.
HEALTH BENENITS OF SHINRIN-YOKU
Boosts Immune System
Lower blood pressure
Relieves stress & anxiety
Increases the body's Natural Killer Cells (Cancer fighting)
Enhances your senses
Lowers blood sugar levels
Improves sleep (Insomnia)
Improves cognitive skills
Donations: £10 per hour | per individual
Timings: One hour minimum - three hours maximum
Location: Amersham, Buckinghamshire & other woods based in areas either close to or near to London.
Founder of Wildeye Adventures - Yara - is a qualified Shinrin-Yoku Practitioner certified with Nature & Therapy UK. She has been leading & guiding young people and adults in woods & forests around the world, for well over a decade.
Yara has a strong & long standing relationship towards trees & forests. Traveling as a teenager & onwards, led Yara to the remote tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Borneo & the mighty Amazon. Encountering and learning from tribal people in rainforests, is what altered her life path.
Today, the passion for trees is still going strong, the journey continues. Inspiring, guiding & educating on the power of trees. Enter the magical world of trees & woodlands alongside Yara. Allow intuition to flow and the forest be your guide.
"There is no wifi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection"
Unplug from the system, get away from the wifi and get back to nature.
Breathe deeply. Exist for a short while, without a plan/schedule and get lost in the trees.
Retune your human being. In a world that feels like it's trying to turn you into a robot.
Forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) Helps to rebalance and tune out of a busy lifestyle or urban environment.
The natural world is the real world. Humans are nature.