Book Private Forest Bathing Sessions
Bask in nature at your own pace in one of our private one-on-one guided Shinrin-Yoku sessions in a park of your choosing in the Greater New York City area.
Connect with your partner in nature and learn to communicate and relate to each other in a new way.
Bond with your family, friends or corporate group in a relaxed atmosphere in a natural setting in the greater New York City area.
Health Benefits of Forest Bathing
Practicing Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing lowers levels of the stress hormone Cortisol in the blood system, indicating a reduction in stress.
Lowered Blood Pressure
In Japan, guides measure the blood pressure of participants in Shinrin-Yoku and have found it improves after time spent in nature.
Trees produce a natural pesticide called Phytoncides which have been shown to boost immunity by enhancing human natural killer (NK) cell activity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Shinrin-Yoku? Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice that translates into “Forest Bathing”. It means to take in the forest atmosphere. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982 coined the phrase and developed this practice to counter worker stress. There are now at least 42 designated trails in Japan where individuals can practice Shinrin-Yoku. While we at Cultured Forest do enjoy a good swim, it does not actually involve “bathing” or getting in the water.
What can I expect during a Forest Bathing session with Cultured Forest? A typical Forest Bathing session typically spans 2-4 hours and involves using the five senses to experience the outdoors. It involves walking in a natural setting at a slower pace and usually covers only about a 1/4 to 1 mile. Your guide will invite you participate in several gentle activities that allow you to relax and be mindful, while taking in the natural atmosphere around you. There will be moments where you can choose to share your thoughts with the group, but this is optional. At the end you will share tea and snacks with your new friends in true Shinrin-Yoku fashion. You will also be asked to turn your phone to airplane mode to really be able to be in the moment.
What should I bring with me to a Forest Bathing session? You will want to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. During Winter, Spring and Fall we recommend dressing in layers. You might also bring a bottle of water, sun-glasses, sunscreen, a hat and bug spray depending on the season.