Forest Bathing is an evidence-based, therapeutic practice that connects people to the natural world through gentle, sensory-based activities. It originated in Japan where it is known as Shinrin Yoku which roughly translates as taking in the forest with all your senses. The practice involves walking slowly, breathing deeply, and using your senses to connect with the natural world.
Just two hours in a woodland can act as a preventative of the build-up of many modern stress related maladies and can be beneficial for up to 30 days. Forest Bathing has a wide range of benefits, it has been shown in studies to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and improve mental health.
During our guided forest bathing walk, our certified guide will lead you into Deepdale Farm's private woodland, on an experience of connecting to the forest through all 5 senses. We will engage in a range of exercises or “introductions” to explore the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of the forest.
It will help you to slow down to the pace of your environment and observe its magnitude, peace and complexity. Your breathing will slow and deepen, your sense of hearing will become more acute, your brain will stop thinking of the everyday list of “to-do’s” and your natural surroundings will envelope you in its peace and serenity.
Depending on the group, weather and season the session may take place in a number of locations throughout the farm.
Forest bathing walks are suitable for children over 16 years old, and for all fitness levels. Unlike a lot of other outdoor activities, Forest bathing is well-suited for those who are less active and may not normally take long walks outdoors.
This activity needs a minimum of 5 people booked to run. You will be notified 48 hours in advance if the walk needs to be cancelled due to low numbers.
Maximum distance 2 miles, but likely to be shorter depending on what nature reveals.
This activity is not suitable to bring dogs on.
DatesFriday 10 May 2024 - Monday 11 November 2024 (UTC+00)
Main Road, Burnham Deepdale, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8DD