IN PRACTICE, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU

SHINRIN-YOKU, ALSO KNOWN AS FOREST THERAPY IS A TERM THAT MEANS "FOREST BATHING".

The concept was developed in Japan during the 80s expanding on the traditions of integrating the benefits of nature in every day life with the purpose of treating high levels of stress. Forest therapy became de foundation for preventative health and  therapeutic practices in Japan.

Forest Therapy and Shinrin-Yoku are rooted in century old traditions that span across many cultures worldwide. The practice of being close to nature is not exclusive of the Japanese culture. Every culture in the world has developed their own beliefs and traditions of connection with nature and its healing and relaxing properties.

Our approach to Forest Therapy is inspired in the Japanese approach of Shinrin-Yoku and also in other native traditions that include the Way of Council and Eastern mindfulness practice. In Forest Therapy we engage in a series of guided invitations that will slow us down stimulate the heightened use of our senses. 

The idea is simple: by being in a natural setting walking in a relaxed and connected way, we can achieve a series of benefits: relaxation, revitalization and restoring of the nervous system. This practice follows the general principle that being in nature is good for us and highly contribute to our well being.

There is an infinite number of therapeutic activities that can be included in a walk through the forest or in any other natural setting. The walks become therapeutic when we open the space to listening, being present and connected engaging all our senses.  From the therapeutic point of view, there are some basic pre-requisites for Forest Therapy:

- A specific intention for connection with nature in a therapeutic way. This requitres the awareness of moving through nature in a way that cultivates presence, opening all the senses and an active interaction with the land.

-  It is not something to be done in a hurry. On the contrary, it is a real and effective slowing down practice. They are gentle walks.

- Therapeutic purpose demands engagement. We encourage and guide a series of mindfulness practices. Each invitation is designed to support participants to slow down and open the senses that will heighten the understanding of the subtle and continuous flow of interaction of the natural world with us.

-  This is not a single event endeavor. In order to develop a significant connection with nature time and repetition is necessary, the deepening of the relation to ourselves and the forest happens by returning to the practice and setting repeatedly over seasons.

- It is not just about walking in the forest. The walks are important but there are other fundamental routines that we can engage in that will support the deepening of our relationship with nature and the reaping of health benefits.

These five elements are the foundations of Forest Therapy.

Adapted from "The Little Handbook of Shinrin-yoku" by M. Amos Clifford

Recognized by the ICNF

Recognized as Nature Tourism by the ICNF.

RNAAT Nº 876/2016, Turismo de Portugal.

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Contacts

Shinrin-Yoku  Forest Therapy

Barcelona/Sintra/Almada

Phone PT: (+351) 966 050 168

(+351) 965 223 115

Phone SP: (+34) 663 084 325

Email: info@shinrin-yoku.pt