If you've read about "Forest Bathing" in the news in recent years, here's your chance to experience it in person and see what it's all about.
The Town of Durham, NH will host a public program to introduce the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku ("Forest Bathing") on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. The special event, led by professional psychologist Sheila Gardner, PhD, will explain and demonstrate the health benefits of time spent in nature. Following a brief conversation about the background of Forest Bathing in Japan and the associated health research showing its benefits, participants will spend time in the Oyster River Forest, entering the woods with a new mindset. Experience what a walk in the woods is like when done in a new way.
Pro Tip: Conservation professionals can learn about Forest Bathing as a way to welcome new audiences to conservation lands by focusing on health an wellness. Come check it out!
More about Forest Bathing:
- New York Times, 2018: Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor's Orders
- The Atlantic, 2017: 'Forest Bathing': How Microdosing on Nature Can Help With Stress
- NPR 2018: Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing