ONE DAY RETREAT – Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Metta practices
Saturday, 18 June 2022 at 9am – 3pm
The Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or Forest Bathing, is good for both physical and mental wellbeing. It is proven to reduce stress hormone production, improve feelings of happiness and free up creativity, as well as lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system, and accelerate recovery from illness.
In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries created the term shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required.
The benefits of immersing ourselves in nature is many-fold. Research conducted around the world has shown a range of physical benefits, including:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced pulse rates
- Reduced blood sugar
- Reduced stress hormones levels
- Increased white blood cells that fights off infections and cancer
- Strengthened immune systems
- Enhanced mood
Ultimately, we practice this in order to learn to see things as they are and to see ourselves as we really are and to understand the relationship between ourselves and the world. Learning this can lead to enhanced compassion for ourself and others.