Join a guided forest bathing session to immerse your senses among the trees and enjoy the scientifically proven benefits this brings to your mind and body.
Forest bathing is the process of slowly and mindfully immersing your senses in the forest, beneath the tree canopy. It is a practice with its roots in Japan, where the practice of “Shinrin-yoku” began in the 1980s to tackle burnout among workers.
Forest bathing has been scientifically proven to have transformational impacts on both our mental and physical wellbeing. From reducing stress and anxiety to increasing concentration and creativity, research has shown that the benefits of reconnecting with nature are wide-ranging.
A forest bathing session involves a guided, mindful walk amongst the trees. What sets forest bathing apart from hiking is that the pace is slow, the distance is not very far, and the intention is to reconnect with nature and ourselves.
During a session, the forest bathing guide invites participants to notice their surroundings by helping them focus on their different senses. Individuals are encouraged to become more aware of what’s happening around them and are invited throughout the session to pause, sit and reflect. These practices help to move people out of their own mind and into the environment around them.
A forest bathing session ends with an informal tea ceremony with herbal tea and some snacks. It’s a lovely way to bring the session to a close, to share some highlights together and begin the transition out of the forest and back into everyday life.
Each session lasts for 2 hours and there is a maximum of 8 available spaces per group. Sessions are open to anyone over the age of 14.
Please note: Individuals who are not a member of the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be required to pay an admission fee in addition to the cost of the forest bathing session.
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