Japanese ‘Forest Bathing’ Comes to Philadelphia
A walk in the woods… The Japanese call it shinrinyoku,
or ‘forest bathing’ and it has spread to China, Korea, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. With measurable, replicable medical evidence of specific and significant health benefits lowering cortisol levels
and blood pressure, and increasing NK immune system cells that fight infection and tumors physicians have begun writing prescriptions for a walk in the woods. (In Japan, it is even covered by insurance.) Now, Shinrinyoku has arrived in Philadelphia. The benefits come as no surprise to those of us who have ever walked in the woods the calming and refreshing feelings as we let in the sights and scents, the flora and fauna, from dawn to dusk, as the seasons change. The woods are a great place to get outside of ourselves
and witness life regenerating itself.
Join us for a contemplative walk in the Wissahickon. We won’t be walking very far so even those with limited mobility are invited. We’ll start and end with a few minutes of talking including some suggestions of how to spend our time in the woods but mostly you will just have quiet time to connect with natural rhythms, rejuvenate your body, and nourish your soul.
Registration is required and is limited.
location to be determined and will be provided to those registered.
Sarah Gabriel has been involved promoting human sustainability for three decades. Visit phillyshinrinyoku.org for more information about shinrinyoku.