Forest bathing, also known as “Shinrin-yoku”, is the act of “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”. Forest bathing has been part of holistic preventive healthcare in Japan for many years, having been scientifically proven that spending time in a forest has a significant positive effect on the human immune system and relieves symptoms of stress and burnout.
Mindfully spending time in the forests of the North Shore forest bathing has a calming and restorative effect on the body and soul. When walking through our forests use all of your senses – sight, sound, smell, touch (and taste if you bring a local snack!) to explore. The sensory discovery tour will soothe, revitalize, and help you find peace, minutes away from your city home or hotel room.
You can practise forest bathing anywhere in nature but the old-growth forests of Lighthouse Park or the private spots on the shoreline of Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve are great places to ground yourself.
For more tips on forest bathing read up what it is and where to do it on our blog. If you are unfamiliar with the area, try a hiking tour with a local who can show you all the best spots safely!