It’s a big deal in Japan.
Now you can give the ancient practice of Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) a go right here in Cork.
This Friday, August 7th, 2020, Anna Healy, a mindset and confidence coach based in West Cork, will be leading an evening of Forest Bathing In Courtmacsherry Woods from 7pm until 9pm, inviting stressed-out city folk to wander beneath the leafy canopy of trees and immerse their senses in nature.
Anna is a trained Forest Bathing Guide, certified with the Forest Therapy Institute, an international organisation that promotes the latest cutting-edge research on forests and human health, international nature connection practices, science and ancient wisdom traditions.
Inhale the forest air
According to the FTI, “Forest Bathing is a health-promoting, salutogenic, nature connection practice that aims to enhance well-being, relieve stress, and encourage relaxation. It is underpinned by mindfulness principles, encouraging: the opening of the senses to the forest atmosphere; slowly walking through the forest; inhaling the forest air; and fostering an emotional connection to the landscape.”
Participants are asked to arrive minutes early, parking in the car park at the end of the village near the beach.
“Wear comfortable walking shoes and an extra layer of warm, waterproof clothes (layers are essential as we will be moving slowly and it is important to stay warm.)
“There will be some walking on woodland trails and coastal pathways, with some level of inclines so a reasonable level of fitness is required,” said Anna.
Tickets are €30 and available here.