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Forest bathing at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

When

Sunday 13 August 2023 from 10am to 12pm Sunday 27 August 2023 from 10am to 12pm

Cost

Adult 2 hours: $40

This experience is inspired by the Japanese way of immersing in nature – “Shinrin Yoku” which literally translates as “immersion in the forest” or “forest bathing.”

Time in nature is one of the best choices you can make for your health. Scientific studies have shown that we can enjoy a wide range of positive effects when we go out into nature, from a healthier heart, boosted immune system and reduced stress, to better eyesight and brain power!

According to a 2019 study, spending at least two hours a week in nature is associated with good health and well-being. With these findings in mind, guided forest therapy walks are a perfect opportunity for people to reach the minimum time needed per week to take advantage of the health benefits of nature.

This is a perfect opportunity to take a break from your daily routines and immerse yourself in nature on a slow, mindful meander and tune into nature. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress-reducing qualities of this well-being practice.

Two INFTA Certified Forest Therapy Guides will support you to slow down with intention and mindfulness, to engage your five senses. The walk will be at a slower-than-usual-pace with pauses and reflection time. Give your body and mind a chance to rest and restore while taking in the subtleties and wonder of nature.

The walk is about 2 kilometers in length and will conclude with a Japanese-inspired tea ceremony with Australian bush tea and sweets.

The gentle walk is suitable for adults and children (12 years +). Please be aware that you will be walking slowly and standing for about one and a half hours over flat ground. However, there will be opportunities to sit. This walk is not fast-paced, and it is not a hike. The ground is mainly flat, with a little incline and a few stairs.

What to wear and bring:

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather.

  • Carry a raincoat.

  • Carry a shoulder bag or day pack.

  • Bring a water bottle, snacks, and any personal medications.

  • Wear sun protection (e.g. hat).

Optional: Bring a small picnic rug to sit on. There are some benches to sit on along the way.

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