Forest bathing, also known as “Shinrin-yoku,” is a Japanese practice that involves immersing oneself in a forest environment to promote physical and mental well-being.

Becky and I had the pleasure of accompanying clients from Richmond Fellowship and Mary Frances Trust to Box Hill this week, where we took part in our first bathing experience!

Our leader, Catherine, was amazing and took us at a slow pace through the forest guiding us to explore nature using all of our senses. We listened to the wind, the wildlife and the sounds of nature, smelt the bark of trees and moss, examined and took notice of different textures of leaves and bark as well as feeling the soil and allowing it to pass through our fingers. We stopped regularly and were given the option to share our individual experiences of this very special experience.

Huge thanks to The Forest Bathing Institute for enabling this event for all of us to experience.

 

Contributed by Angie, RF Facilitator

 

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