Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What is Forest Bathing?
A - Forest Bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese practice that involves
immersing oneself in the natural environment and connecting with nature through the senses. It has been shown to have numerous physical and emotional health benefits, such as reduced stress, improved mood, and enhanced immune function. It comes under the umbrella of nature-based solutions for health and well-being (green prescription – a dose of
Q - What are the benefits of Forest Bathing?
A - Some of the benefits of Forest Bathing include - Boosts the immune system; lowers blood pressure; reduces stress; improves mood; increases the ability to focus; accelerates recovery from surgery or illness; increases energy levels; improves sleep and increases
creativity. Additionally, spending time in nature can help us feel more connected to the natural world and to ourselves. Forest Bathing is already prescribed by GPs in Canada as is the power of nature connectedness.
Q - Do I need any special equipment or experience to participate in a Forest Bathing experience?
A - No, you do not need any special equipment or experience to participate in a Forest Bathing experience. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to connect with nature. NeDo Forest Bathing will a Practical Preparation Guide in advance of a walk.
Q - What can I expect during a Forest Bathing experience with NeDo Forest Bathing?
A - During a Forest Bathing experience with NeDo Forest Bathing, you can expect to slow down, de-stress, and connect with nature in a meaningful way. We will guide you through a
series of exercises and meditations designed to help you connect with the natural environment and experience the healing benefits of nature.
Q - Can I book for a private group Forest Bathing experience?
A - Yes, it is possible to book a private group Forest Bathing experience. Private group sessions can be a great way to connect with friends or family members, co-workers, or other like-minded people in a more intimate and personalised setting. To enquire about booking a
private group Forest Bathing experience, contact NeDo to ask about availability and pricing for group sessions.
Q - Can Forest Bathing be used in a coaching session?
A - Yes, Forest Bathing can be used in a coaching session to help individuals connect with their natural environment and gain clarity and insight. NeDo incorporates Forest Bathing into a session by guiding the person through a series of mindful exercises and encouraging them to engage all of their senses to fully immerse in the natural environment. This can help the person tap into their intuition and gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and goals. Additionally, the stress-reducing and mood-boosting effects of Forest Bathing can help create a positive and supportive coaching environment.
Q - Can Forest Bathing be arranged for business teams
A - Yes, Forest Bathing can be arranged for business teams to promote team building, reduce stress, and boost creativity and productivity. Companies are now recognising the benefits of nature-based interventions like Forest Bathing and are incorporating them into their employee wellness programs. A certified forest therapy guide or similar practitioner can work with a business team to design a customised Forest Bathing session that meets
their specific needs and goals. This may include guided exercises to foster communication and collaboration, mindfulness practices to reduce stress and anxiety, and activities to stimulate creativity and innovation. Forest Bathing can be a unique and refreshing way for business teams to bond, recharge, and achieve their goals.
Q - How do I practice Forest Bathing?
A - There are many ways to practice Forest Bathing, but some common techniques include walking slowly and mindfully, using all of your senses to take in the natural environment,
meditating or practicing yoga in nature, and simply sitting or lying down in a peaceful spot and allowing yourself to fully relax and enjoy the surroundings. However, a trained Forest Bathing guide will enable and enrich your experience by inviting you to engage in various multi-sensory exercises and activities that will help you connect with the natural world.
Q - Is Forest Bathing safe?
A - Yes, Forest Bathing is generally safe for people of all ages and abilities. However, it is important to be aware of any potential hazards in the natural environment and to take appropriate precautions, such as wearing appropriate footwear, using insect repellent, and staying on designated trails, as well as informing your guide of any mobility issues and allergies in advance.
Q - How often should I practice Forest Bathing?
A - There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the frequency of Forest Bathing can depend on individual preferences and schedules. However, many people find that
practicing at least once a week can help them reap the benefits of this practice and feel more connected to nature.
Q - Can I practice Forest Bathing in any type of natural environment?
A - Yes, you can practice Forest Bathing in a variety of natural environments, including forests, parks, beaches, and mountains, each invoking a different type of experience. The key is to find a natural environment that resonates with you and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural world.
Q - Do I need to have any prior experience with meditation or mindfulness to practice Forest
A - No, you don't need any prior experience with meditation or mindfulness to practice
Forest Bathing. However, you may find that these practices can enhance your Forest Bathing
experience and help you feel more present and connected to nature.
Q - How long should a forest bathing session last?
A - There is no set amount of time that a Forest Bathing session should last. Some people may only have 30 minutes to spare, while others may have several hours to devote to the practice. The key is to allow yourself enough time to fully immerse yourself in nature and to let go of any distractions or stressors. Nedo Forest Bathing guided walks usually take 2.5
Q - What are some tips for getting the most out of a Forest Bathing session?
A - Some tips for getting the most out of a Forest Bathing session include choosing a quiet and peaceful location, leaving your phone and other distractions at home, using all of your
senses to fully engage with the natural environment, and allowing yourself to simply be in the moment without worrying about past or future concerns. Join a guided Forest Bathing
walk for to enrich the experience.
Q - Is Forest Bathing the same as hiking or camping?
A - While Forest Bathing can also involve hiking or camping, it is a distinct practice that emphasises mindfulness, relaxation, and connecting with nature on a deeper level. Unlike hiking or camping, Forest Bathing is not focused on reaching a specific destination or
achieving a particular goal per say.
Q - Can children participate in Forest Bathing?
A - Yes, children can participate in Forest Bathing and may find it especially beneficial for reducing stress, improving focus and creativity, and developing a sense of connection to nature. However, parents or guardians should always supervise children and ensure that they are safe in the natural environment. NeDo can arrange private walks for children and
Q - Are there any scientific studies that support the benefits of Forest Bathing?
A - Yes, there are numerous scientific and ongoing studies that support the benefits of forest bathing, including reduced stress levels, improved immune function, and increased
overall well-being. These studies have also found that spending time in nature can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and boost mood and energy levels.
Q - Can I practice forest bathing alone or do I need to participate in a group?
A - You can practice Forest Bathing alone or in a group, depending on your preferences and comfort level. Some people may find that practicing with others enhances their experience, while others may prefer the solitude and quiet of practicing alone. NeDo accommodates both.
Q - Is Forest Bathing a form of meditation?
A - While forest bathing shares some similarities with meditation, such as a focus on mindfulness and relaxation, it is not the same as traditional seated meditation. Instead, forest bathing involves using all of your senses to fully immerse yourself in the natural
environment and connect with the natural world.
Q - Are there any precautions I should take before practicing forest bathing?
A - Some precautions you may want to take before practicing forest bathing include checking the weather forecast, wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, bringing along any necessary medications or first aid supplies, informing the guide of mobility issues or allergies and advising a friend or family member of your plans.
Q - Is Forest Bathing an insured activity?
A - It is important to note that forest bathing is typically considered an outdoor activity that
takes place in a natural environment, and as with any outdoor activity, there are inherent
risks involved. Participants should take necessary precautions to ensure their safety, such as
wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, bringing along any necessary medications or first aid supplies, inform the guide of any allergies and let family or friends know of their plans.