Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing is a natural wellbeing therapy originating from Japan, scientifically proven to reduce your stress levels, boost your immune system and enhance your mood.
On 29 April Jenny Grange, a local Forest Bathing practitioner, led a group of Forestry England staff through the forest at Whinlatter. Jenny gently guided them to open up their senses and engage with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest; tuning into nature and inner selves.
The session comprised of gentle, mindful walking, breathing exercises and mindful invitations to open awareness. At the end of the session the group celebrated with a green tea ceremony and reflections.
Forest Bathing is a new activity to Whinlatter and there are two taster sessions planned for May during nurtured by nature month https://www.forestryengland.uk/forest-event/events-whinlatter/forest-bathing.
Spaces are filling up incredibly quickly; it’s clear to see that there is a real need for people to book time for themselves to relax.