Forest Bathing is the translation of Shinrin Yoku – the Japanese practice of mindfully communing with the forest – which studies have shown to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. Inspired by Shinrin Yoku, our Nature/Forest Bathing practice takes you to forests, mountains, or beaches to help you deepen your connection with the natural world, others, and yourself.


On a forest bathing (or nature therapy) walk, your guide offers sensorial “invitations,” leading you to slow way down, cultivate a sense of presence, and explore relationships with other beings. As your senses awaken, nature reveals itself to you in astounding ways.

This nature-connection practice not only promotes healing, but also stimulates creativity, inspires wonder, and kindles realizations. Through council, each person can share their insights with the group – while others practice attentive, non-judgmental listening. A tea ceremony with harvested leaves from the land closes the experience in the spirit of gratitude.

Through this practice, most people feel a deeper bond with nature than they had ever felt before. While experiences are unique to each person, participants often share that their stress dissolves, emotions surface, confusion lifts, and ideas spring – taking home a renewed sense of joy, meaning and purpose.



Film Director, Thought Leader, and
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Esalen Institute Weekend Workshop

Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Mother Nature, Each Other and Ourselves

June 12-14th, 2020

We’re honored to be bringing forest bathing back to Esalen, the birth place of the human consciousness movement in the West – and a gem of extraordinary beauty at the heart of Big Sur – on the CA coast.

1440 Multiversity Weekend Workshop

Sept 4-6th, 2020

Shed the busyness of daily life among ancient redwood trees, listen to the sounds of the creek, and indulge your taste buds in the exquisite cuisine at this stunning retreat center in Northern CA.

Belize – Forest Bathing Expedition

Nov 5-11, 2020

Join this sensorial exploration of Belize above and below the surface on a 7-day adventure – in conscious communion with nature, ancient Mayan culture, fellow travelers and yourself. In partnership with Holbrook Travel.


Whether you would like to schedule a private nature therapy walk or an organization team building weekend, contact us to discuss how we can fit your needs.

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Aug 30 – Sep 1st, 2019

Santa Cruz, CA – 1440 Multiversity
Forest Bathing weekend workshop in this secluded retreat surrounded by old redwood trees.

May 10-12th, 2019

Big Sur, CA – Esalen Institute 
Forest Bathing weekend workshop in this iconic human potential retreat center.

Feb 9-16th, 2019

Costa Rica – Forest Bathing Expedition 
Powerful nature medicine – at the most biologically intense place on earth – to reset one’s life anew. 


June 23rd, Aug 12th, and Sept 30th,  2018

Malibu, CA – Circle X Ranch / Grotto 
Immersion in the Santa Monica mountains with spectacular views.

Apr 22-25th 2018

Big Sur, CA – Esalen Institute
Esalen Film Festival featured a screening event of Love Thy Nature followed by a forest bathing journey.

Mar 28th, 2018

Boca Raton, FL – Yamato Scrubs
Bathed by a golden sunset hue, participants explored this rich native scrub habitat in South Florida.


Tina Leigh Cameron:

“I would recommend this walk to all ages….all ability levels….and whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hiker. You’ll see and hear and touch the forest in a way you never did before.”

Eric Forbis

“What a beautiful experience, led by someone with such a love for nature. It was a wonderful way to slow down, and connect more deeply with the natural world.”

Sheila Laffey

“I experienced a slow motion sense of nature revealing more to me this way and revealing more of me to myself.”

Cyria Perella:

“It was a surprising experience in a remote place so we could escape from the craziness of LA… I thank again Sylvie to be so good at inviting us to share our feelings in this peaceful place.”

Luchino Castagno:

“Forest bathing allowed me to get in touch with myself and the beautiful sounds of nature… what a simple yet profound experience. Sylvie is a very gentle and effective facilitator.”