7 Feb 2020

The Mindful Art of "Forest Bathing"

From Country Life, 9:20 pm on 7 February 2020
New Zealand native forest

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Most people would probably agree that being among trees and nature is good for the soul. But can meditating in a forest actually aid your health?

Forest bathing is the latest wellbeing therapy to blossom in America and Europe after beginning in Japan a few decades ago and it's starting to gain interest in New Zealand.

It's also known as Shinrin-yoku and it's helping stressed out city dwellers slow down. There are even therapists specialising in the practice, like Sam Lewis based near England's New Forest.