We invite you to join us on a unique regenerative journey through nature, leaving behind the chaos of daily life to immerse yourself in the tranquility and healing energy of an African Mountain Forest.
Forest Bathing, known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japanese culture, is a time-honoured practice that involves finding stillness and quiet in a forest.
This allows the soothing power of nature to calm your mind and nourish your soul.
Japan has even recognised its medical benefits and prescribes it to patients suffering from high stress and anxiety levels.
Forest Bathing, also called forest therapy, is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and natural, earthy fragrances of a forest. Recent scientific research in Japan has found evidence suggesting that terpenes (the molecules responsible for the unique aromas of trees – their essential oils) have a proven, direct and measurable effect on the body. They can enhance ‘natural killer cells’ and boost the immune system.
Experienced guides lead you through the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden forest or the Newlands Forest. Guests are guided to relax, awaken their senses, take part in a guided meditation and still their minds to be ‘present’ in the forest to get the full benefit of the experience. There is no actual swimming, but bathing refers to your senses being washed by the aromas and sounds of the forest.
During the experience, we discuss the healing power of nature and explore the ‘Wood Wide Web’ of forests, mycelium and mushrooms. Participants are then invited to find a quiet place close by to be alone and absorb the healing energy of the environment. The experience ends with a brief yoga practice guided by Hilary, followed by honey and ginger tea, and the stroll back ‘home’.
Time taken: 4 to 5 hours
Fitness level: Low. 3-4 km walk into the forest and the same back.
Age: 15 years plus
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