All you need to know in one concise manual - An introduction to the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku - A practical guide to connecting with a forest environment - The perfect antidote to a hectic lifestyle.
At times of stress, getting out into the natural environment works wonders: it is widely acknowledged to have a calming effect on us both physically and mentally. In Japan, they have a special term for this: shinrin yoku, ‘forest bathing’. In this book, Sarah Devos and Katriina Kilpi – true forest fanatics – explain just what forest bathing involves.
They provide specific advice on how to approach the concept: exactly where you should be, the best times to choose, all the things you can expect to experience, and so on. All this plus easily achieved hands-on assignments, space in which to note down your observations, and tips on how to integrate the forest even more deeply into your everyday life.
Katriina Kilpi is the founder of NatureMinded, a research and consultancy bureau that investigates the positive links between nature and health, while teaching people how to interact with nature to draw on its beneficial effects for our health and psyche. She is also the driving force behind the International Forest Therapy Days programme in Finland.