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What is forest bathing?

This Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.

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Tips for beginners

  • Turn off your devices to give yourself the best chance of relaxing, being mindful and enjoying a sensory forest-based experience.

  • Slow down. Move through the forest slowly so you can see and feel more.

  • Take long breaths deep into the abdomen. Extending the exhalation of air to twice the length of the inhalation sends a message to the body that it can relax.

  • Stop, stand or sit, smell what’s around you, what can you smell?

  • Take in your surroundings using all of your senses. How does the forest environment make you feel? Be observant, look at nature’s small details.

  • Sit quietly using mindful observation; try to avoid thinking about your to-do list or issues related to daily life. You might be surprised by the number of wild forest inhabitants you see using this process.

  • Keep your eyes open. The colours of nature are soothing and studies have shown that people relax best while seeing greens and blues.

  • Stay as long as you can, start with a comfortable time limit and build up to the recommended two hours for a complete forest bathing experience.


William Fley


There is an ever-growing body of empirical evidence showing that mindfulness can help us self-regulate our moods and thoughts, become more resilient in the face of stress and challenges, make us more productive and effective, and restore a sense of calm and balance to our lives.

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Upcoming Retreats & Workshops

  • Forgiveness Healing Heart Circle Retreat
    Forgiveness Healing Heart Circle Retreat
    Furzey Gardens
    01 Oct, 16:00 – 04 Oct, 10:00
    Furzey Gardens, School Lane, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GL, UK
  •  Forest Bathing Retreat
    Forest Bathing Retreat
    Furzey Gardens
    01 Apr 2022, 16:00 – 04 Apr 2022, 11:00
    Furzey Gardens, School Lane, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GL, UK