This practice is inspired by the Japanese movement of Shinrin yoku, which originated in the 1980s as a government initiative to address the rise in stress-related illnesses .
It is a research-based framework for supporting wellbeing through the immersion in natural environments. This sensory practice is based on slowing down and awakening our senses to connect with our surroundings and ourselves.
Over the last decades, the benefits of forest bathing have been scientifically quantified.
~ Increased body immunity
~ Improved sleep
~ Reduced stress
~ Reduced blood pressure
~ Increased concentration & mental focus
~ Increased creativity
Nature bathing provides an opportunity to escape the stresses of modern life, reconnect with nature, and reap the physical and mental health benefits that come with immersing oneself in a forest environment.
It offers a restorative experience that can enhance overall well-being and promote a sense of harmony with the natural world.
Kia ora, I'm Clara Arribas!
Originally from Spain, I've been living in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2017. I am a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy.
My vision is to help people to reconnect with the nature that is both within and around us.
In this fast-paced world, it is not very often that we allow ourselves to go slow, have no expectations and focus on being. You may also rediscover nature in ways you have not experienced before.
Your guide will take care of logistics such as time-keeping, safety and route design. This creates a safe and carefree space, letting the experience unfold for you.
Kate, Forest Bather
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