Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing): nature as medicine
I’m excited to share deepened learnings with you from my Nature and Forest Therapy Guide certification training in Costa Rica. I’ve found the nature immersions have a more lasting impact for participants (and even me) for their wellness that carries into the week.
The Meet Up location is in front of the Aesch train station at 1 pm (13:00). Note, this is different from the Aesch Dorf, which is the tram stop (line 11). The train station is about a 10 minute walk from the tram stop. I believe daylight savings time goes into affect this day, so remember to “spring ahead” your clocks an hour. We will finish by 16:00
The forest is a 5 minute walk from the train station. Note, this part of the forest has a steep incline in the beginnng of the trail so just come prepared with outdoor walking shoes in case there is some spring mud. It was dry on the day I scouted the location. I’ve specially chosen this location for a spring hike due to its simplicity.
Bring a water bottle if you’d like and dress in layers as we will not move that much. It is NOT a hike, but a slow being with, standing and sitting in nature. I will offer a sitting invitation so if you want to bring something small to sit on (cloth or paper), you’re welcome to do so.
I will only cancel if there is significant rain. I’ve learned leading Shinrin Yoku in the sprinkles or mist is amazing because we traditionally do not experience nature in this way.
Donations of 20 to 40 CHF appreciated (based on the value of the experience to you.) To be collected at the end of the walk.
ABOUT SHINRIN YOKU
Shinrin Yoku was developed in Japan in the 1980s and multiple clinical studies show this "forest bathing" trend has many health benefits. During this 3-hour nature immersion you will "take in the forest atmosphere" to receive nature as medicine.
To facilitate your immersion, I will gladly carry your mobile phones so you can disconnect and reconnect with yourself, nature and the people present.
I will offer a series of invitations - ideas to help you get present and be with nature and see what gifts or medicine it may give you. We will end with a traditional tea ceremony.
I look forward to guiding you on this journey.
Bahnhofstrasse, Aesch, CH