posted Sep 13, 2017, 6:53 AM by Westminster United Church

Bruce Sweet is a Guide in Training with​ The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.  No, this is not about taking a bath in the woods. Forest Bathing is a slow, mindfulness-based walk in a forest that focuses on taking in the atmosphere of the forest environment by opening all senses. The aim is to encourage individuals to use forests for therapeutic relaxation and a way to derive positive health benefits in our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives.​


Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called "shinrin yoku," which translates as​ "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.

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A walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm, at the Huron Natural Area (761 Trillium Drive, Kitchener). We will meet in the parking lot. The walk will last approximately two hours. ​Please bring comfortable shoes as well as a blanket or pad for sitting. And we will go rain or shine.