Forest Bathing - Free of charge

  • Available at:
    Blackwood Forest
  • Suitable for:
    Couples, Groups, No Dogs
  • Cost:
    From £0

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest Bathing is a natural way to calm your senses in a busy world. It simply means immersing yourself in a forest environment and actively reconnecting with nature by being fully present in the moment. It draws on the therapeutic powers of nature and connects people with the natural environment.

The session combines leisurely walks under the forest canopy with guided activities and meditations to help you open your senses, hone your intuition and experience the forest as you never have before. After Forest Bathing with our qualified Forest Therapy guides you will feel a sense of wellbeing and a deeper connection to the world around you.

Originating in Japan, where it is called shinrin yoku, it is now one of the cornerstones of Japanese healthcare. Studies have shown Forest Bathing to measurably reduce stress levels and blood pressure. This is not only good for your mental wellbeing but it leads to improvements in many aspects of your physical health, including a boost to your immune system.

Our Forest Bathing experience

You can enjoy Forest Bathing at Blackwood Forest where our Forest Ranger is a qualified Forest Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT).

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

How to book

We recommend pre-booking your forest therapy session early as there is limited availability but please be aware that the activity is subject to minimum numbers and the Forest Ranger may have to cancel if weather conditions are unsuitable. This activity is recommended for adults.

The activity lasts 3 hours with some sections requiring you stay still for a number of minutes. If you have reduced mobility, you may want to bring a lightweight camping chair for your own comfort. Mats to sit on will be provided by the Forest Ranger.  Dress appropriately for the weather wearing closed-toe footwear and you may want to bring a bottle of water.


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Reviews

It’s a paradise for bird watchers, nature lovers and dog owners and there are bikes for hire and Rangers offering group walks into the silent woods at dusk.

MyTelegraph.co.uk 19th July 2015