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Forest Bathing

What is Forest Bathing? We have consulted with Forest Bathing expert Justin Legge  to answer that question for you. Justin has trained with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and is the only Certified Forest Therapy Guide in Humboldt County. 

Justin describes Forest Bathing as the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. Compared to a traditional nature walk or forest program, this is not to learn, but to just enjoy and be.

Southern Humboldt is the perfect spot to try out Forest Bathing for the first time or to continue on your journey. We have plenty of beautiful areas that are just waiting to be enjoyed. 

The Five Steps of Forest Bathing

Step 1 – leave behind your phone, camera or any other distractions, so that you can be fully present in the experience. 

Step 2 – Leave behind your goals and expectations. Wander aimlessly, allowing your body to take you wherever it wants. 

Step 3 – Pause from time to time, to look more closely at a leaf or notice the sensation of the path beneath your feet. 

Step 4 – Find a comfy spot to take a seat and listen to the sounds around you. See how the behaviour of the birds and other animals changes when they become used to your presence. 

Step 5 – If you go with others, make an agreement to resist talking until the end of the walk, when you could gather to share your experiences. 

Source: https://www.growwilduk.com/blog/5-simple-steps-practising-shinrin-yoku-forest-bathing

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