Forest Bathing sounds like something TreeGirl would be in to. After all being naked in the forest is a relaxing and cleansing experience. But there are no bars of soap or towels in this activity. In fact, forest bathing is more akin to basking in the atmosphere and the life force energy of the forest. It is both a healing practice of contemplation and multi-sensory engagement while taking a relaxing stroll through the forest. This is ecotherapy at its simplest: nature = healing. Lots of trees = even more healing. (In fact, studies show that the more biodiversity, the more health benefits.) It is a way to assist people in creating relationships with nature in a world of mass disconnection, distraction and technology addiction. Yet, it’s not the easiest thing to get oneself out of one’s busy plugged-in life outside on a trail and to simply take pleasure in one’s body being slow in nature. Thankfully, anyone can practice forest bathing, but it does take some skills, and that's where a guide comes in.
TreeGirl is an author, photographer, arborist, naturalist, forest ecotherapist and conservation educator bridging humans with wild nature.