'Forest Bathing' or 'Shinrin-yoku' is a mindfulness practice that involves taking conscious time in nature, and bathing our senses in the atmosphere of the forest. This practice originated in Japan in the 1980's to help offer an eco-antidote to the tech-burnout and to inspire people to reconnect with nature, which in-turn would help to protect the country's forests from development.
Our sessions were near Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, in an ancient birch forest. Isabel (our guide) gave us intentions to take into the forest which we brought back into a sharing circle. It is a very special experience taking repeated moment of quiet to yourself in nature and with each intention it helps you look at your environment from a new perspective.
These sessions were guided by Isabel McLeish, who is a certified Forest Therapy Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner based in the Scottish Highlands and offers guided experiences and workshops. To find out more and get in contact with Isabel please follow think link.