Shinrin-yoku

The mysterious Japanese art of forest bathing.

Known for their unique and at times bizarre rituals for escaping the daily grind of modern adult life, the Japanese have concocted a new form of stress relief – and it’s supported by science. Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, has been enjoyed by health enthusiasts and burnt-out office workers in Japan since the 1980’s.

The beauty of shinrin-yoku is its simplicity: there’s no training require and there are no rules to follow apart from taking in the forest through all your senses. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh clean air. You can expect a renewed sense of energy and opportunities for quiet contemplation with every step.

After staying indoors during the past few months, there’s never been a better time to disconnect from our devices and go on a natural escape where unplugging is not just encouraged – it’s necessary.

As John Lennon once said, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, and in today’s context, life is what happens between Wi-Fi signals.

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