what is forest bathing?
Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku is the practice of immersing yourself in nature; ‘bathing’ in the awesome goodness that trees release into the atmosphere; reaping the benefits from magic little things called ‘phytoncides’ and receiving mental calmness from the fractal patterns, vibrant shades of green and calming blues around us – what better place to do this than the Cairngorms National Park. For more detailed science and facts please visit blog.
During a Forest Bathing session you can expect to be out for about 1.5 – 2 hours and I will guide you through a series of invitations aimed at opening your senses and reconnecting you with yourself and the environment around you. We spend time sharing what we are noticing to the group and finish with a traditional tea ceremony to bring our experience to a close and thank the land we have been supported by during the session. View our Covid-19 Policy here.
more about me!
My name is Cath Wright and I am a qualified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. Over the years I’ve sometimes struggled to get suitable help when life has got a bit out of hand, and I see the effects this has on me and those around me. I believe in the benefits of ‘self-care’ and ‘self-soothing’; but I recognise that when you feel like you’re
'drowning in treacle' it's easier said than done! There are a handful of things in life that truly help me relax and ensure that I can ‘breathe’ again; spending time amongst trees is one and sketching and painting is another. Nature heals...sitting, sharing space with nature, admiring beauty or simply playing amongst it...nature is awesome.
I am so aware of how lucky I am to live in such a stunning place, I don’t take it for granted and everyday I find joy in the outside world and the Cairngorms National Park. Nature makes me feel alive and always grounds me, whether I’m too high or too low – the forest brings me back to a steady level.