Being guided through a Mindful Outdoor Experience, (also sometimes referred to as practice of Forest Bathing, Forest Therapy or Nature Therapy) is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” This practice originated in Japan as a response to overstressed, overworked citizens who were exhibiting a myriad of health issues. Professionals made the connection between time in nature, and increased health & wellness. As a result, they created medical programs, including prescriptions, for forest bathing.

The practice of forest bathing recently emerged in the United States within the past decade. While we don't take the medical approach of the Japanese, we can trace the roots of our practices to Shinrin-Yoku.

Over the years, studies have repeatedly demonstrated the supportive and healing properties of immersion in natural environments, including the benefits to the cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.

Mindfulness while in nature is well-is rooted in scientific research. Looking for proof? One need look no further than these esteemed scientific publications:

Nature Exposure and Its Effects on Immune System Functioning: A Systematic Review

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art Review

Forest Volatile Organic Compounds and Their Effects on Human Health: A State-of-the-Art Review

More information about forest bathing and mindful time in nature:

About Forest Therapy through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

About Kripalu's School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership

Bathing in the Forest