EXPERIENCE FOREST BATHING
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.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
The Art of Living Retreat Center
Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Nature and Self
October 4-6, 2019
A fall forest bathing workshop awaits you in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
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.
Aug 30 – Sep 1st, 2019
1440 Multiversity Weekend Workshop
May 10-12th, 2019
Esalen Institute – Big Sur, CA
Forest Bathing weekend workshop in this iconic human potential retreat center.
Jun 23rd, Aug 12th, and Sept 30th, 2018
Malibu, CA – Circle X Ranch
This trail is deep in the Santa Monica mountains with spectacular views. It is 3.5 miles round trip with 500 feet elevation and some rugged terrain.
Apr 22-25th 2018
Big Sur, CA – Esalen Institute
Esalen Film Festival 2018 featured a screening event of Love Thy Nature + Q&A followed with a forest bathing expedition.
Mar 28th, 2018
Boca Raton, FL – Yamato Scrubs
Bathed by a golden sunset hue, participants explored Yamato, which features a rich native scrub habitat in South Florida.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
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.”
“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.”
“I experienced a slow motion sense of nature revealing more to me this way and revealing more of me to myself.”
“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.”
“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.”