Forest Bathing simply means immersing yourself in a forest setting. It’s a natural way to calm your senses in our busy world.
Try it for yourself and see what you think. At Forest Holidays, we’ve embraced the experience and we lead Forest Bathing at Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and Blackwood Forest in Hampshire. Our taster session is available on Tuesdays and is bookable by guests staying for a midweek break.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at teapigs – so you can take that Forest Feeling away with you along with some teapigs tea.
Forest Bathing is spending time in the forest to reduce stress and feel a sense of wellbeing. It originated in Japan, where it's called shinrin-yoku, and it's now one of the cornerstones of Japanese healthcare. Enjoy the wonder of Forest Bathing with us and immerse yourself in the forest. Let us guide you and calm your senses in a busy world.
Forest Bathing takes it further and invites you to breathe deeply, learn techniques to find a meaningful connection with the forest and allows you to find a deeper sense of peace. Take a guided walk with us and finish with a shared tea ceremony. Rested, restored, recharged and relaxed. That’s how we want you to feel after our Forest Bathing session.
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.
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 taster experience is available on Tuesdays and is bookable by guests staying for a midweek break. It lasts for 1 hour 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. To enhance the experience, the tea ceremony is the finale of the experience. The time to reflect over a cuppa. You’ll enjoy some of teapigs finest tea – and take some home.
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