Forest Bathing And Solo Retreats
Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is a way of opening our senses that enables us to bridge the gap between ourselves and the natural world. In 1982, the Japanese government introduced the concept of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing,” urging citizens to make use of the country’s wooded areas and extensive trail system for therapy. Tomohide Akiyama, then chief of the forestry ministry, understood intuitively that the woods do people good, while distance from nature makes us sick. This has since been backed up by research in a number of countries. Forest bathing reduces stress hormone production, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, suppresses the sympathetic “fight or flight” system, and enhances the parasympathetic “rest and recover” system. Forest bathing isn’t the same thing as hiking or brisk walking, a “beginners mind” and “no goal” is advisable . The forest medicine works best with minimal effort. Let your attention be drawn wherever it wants to land.
During our group or one on one sessions we use specific strategies and techniques to help participants reconnect with what is already inherently present within and without. Sessions generally last from 2-4 hours and take place on the Stone Mountain Farm's extensive forests and fields.