Take a break from your daily routine and responsibilities and immerse yourself in nature on a forest therapy walk.
Being in nature provides therapeutic benefits and research has proven that it reduces stress.
Join us an individual walker, or gather your own private or corporate group. Share the benefits of taking your time in nature. All levels of ability are welcome.
Forest Therapy (Shinrin-yoku)
The term "forest therapy" is one way to describe mindful experiences in nature. Several cultures have their own terms for it, and it is the subject of a range of scientific studies. Our mission is to share the practice of forest therapy with people who are keen to improve the quality of their lives. We consult with companies and regions about how to facilitate these experiences for others. If you live or work in stressful circumstances or if you have natural environments you'd like to activate, we can assist you to apply a scientific approach to a healthier mind and body.
Regular Public Walks
Corporate or Private Walks
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive early and find your group.
What is forest bathing or forest therapy?
Forest bathing is a translation from a Japanese word Shinrin-yoku. It is about “taking in the forest atmosphere through all your senses”.
How do I benefit from forest therapy?
Studies show the benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
- Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy level
- Improved sleep
How does forest therapy benefit my mental health?
Forest therapy combines mindfulness techniques and the therapeutic powers of being in the natural environment. This has a positive effect on your mood, stress level, powers of concentration and creativity. It has also been shown to assist with depression and anxiety.
What does forest therapy involve?
Take a guided walk in the forest to restore your sense of deep calm. Your guide helps you focus on slowing down and awakening your senses. She invites you to relax, slow down, become present and connect with nature. The walk is low impact and covers 2 km, and so it is suitable for people of with a wide range of fitness levels.
Where does the forest therapy experience happen?
Regular public walks are located within 1 hour drive of Perth CBD. The walks are held in natural areas, forests or gardens. Mindful in Nature holds walks in regional Western Australia and can guide private forest therapy walks for special events and occasions.
Why do I need a guide? Why can't I just do it myself?
Getting out in nature is good for you and I encourage you to get out and connect with nature. A forest therapy guide will slow you down and facilitate a sensory experience using a specific blend of complementary exercises that leads to reduced stress levels.
Is forest therapy like a hike?
No, forest therapy is different from hiking. It covers only a short distance (2km) over a 2-3 hour period. It is focused on experiencing nature, mindfulness and slowing down.
Can children participate?
Forest Therapy is suitable for children however an age limit applies. We recommend forest therapy for 13 years and over. To learn more, please contact us.
What to bring?
- Sun glasses
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Shoulder bag or Back pack for keys, water bottle.