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Forest Bathing experiences

Immerse yourself into the beautiful forest surroundings, and take the opportunity to breathe deeply, de-stress, and enjoy the wonders of a Forest Holiday.

Try Forest Bathing

A natural wellbeing therapy

Forest Bathing simply means immersing yourself in a forest setting. It is a natural way to calm your senses in a busy world. It reconnects you to the forested planet that we as humans grew up in and, in doing so, imparts you with a profound sense of peace.

Try Forest Bathing for yourself and see what you think. At Forest Holidays, we have embraced the concept and we lead Forest Bathing experiences at Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and Blackwood Forest in Hampshire.

What is forest bathing?

The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku

Forest Bathing is spending time in a forest to reduce stress and feel a sense of wellbeing. It originated in Japan, where it is called shinrin-yoku, and it is now one of the cornerstones of Japanese healthcare.

Forest Bathing draws on the therapeutic powers of nature and connects people with the natural environment. With guidance, you can learn to make the experience truly immersive and bring all your senses into play, leaving you feeling calmer and happier. It sounds like an alternative therapy and yet, in many ways, it is simply a return to our original state of being.

Why is forest bathing good for you?

The medicine of the forest

Everyone can try Forest Bathing. Even a walk in the woods brings a deeper connection with nature and a feeling of wellbeing, free from the distractions of our modern world. Once you have learned the techniques that we teach you, it becomes an immersive experience that can have far-reaching benefits.

Studies have shown Forest Bathing measurably reduces stress levels. This is not only good for your mental health but it leads to improvements in many aspects of your physical health, including a boost to your immune system. It also frees up your creativity and problem-solving capabilities and it improves your mood.

Forest bathing at Forest Holidays

At one with the forest

You can enjoy Forest Bathing at Forest of Dean and Blackwood Forest. Our Forest Rangers are qualified Forest Therapy guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT) and are also trained by GIFT. We're also training some of our other Forest Rangers and are looking to bring Forest Bathing experiences to other locations in the near future.

The Forest Bathing experience lasts for three hours and includes a guided walk through the forest, with invitations to open your senses to the world around you. You won’t walk far but you will appreciate the forest in a deeper and more meaningful way than ever have before. The experience ends with a shared tea ceremony using foraged plants.

We are offering free Forest Bathing sessions at Forest of Dean and Blackwood Forest to help you get the most out of your Forest Bathing, as well as a renewed connection to the natural world and a deep sense of wellbeing.