FOREST BATHING FAQ'S
What is Forest Bathing?
Not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious and contemplative practice.
The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights, sounds, smells and textures of a natural setting.
Why should I FOREST BATH?
FOREST BATHING PROMOTES
Stress is a part of everyday life. But too much stress can take a toll on your mind and body. Feeling stressed for long periods of time can lead to depression, increased anxiety, and even physical symptoms, like body aches. One simple way to manage stress? Spending time in nature — or forest bathing.
The calming benefits of spending time in nature are well documented. A blog by Vancouver’s David Suzuki Foundation sums them up, including decreased anxiety and a strengthened immune system. Japanese studies have shown that people who spend time in the forest inhale beneficial bacteria, plant-based essential oils, and negatively charged ions. The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy lists numerous benefits including reduced blood pressure, increased energy, and increased ability to focus.
Should I come alone, with a friend or in a group or team?
FOREST BATHING IS BOTH A PERSONAL AND A SHARED EXPERIENCE.
While some people liken forest bathing to meditation, it’s not necessarily a solitary experience. It is, however, a mindful one, with a similar practice of slowing down and really being in the moment.
But sharing is also part of the experience. Phil guides people both one-on-one and in small groups. “You want a small enough group that there’s that feeling of safety,” he says. Participants have time to contemplate the forest on their own and with others. “It makes it a much richer experience,” he says. “You’re hearing and seeing things through what they share that you didn’t notice yourself. There’s a lot of connection and pleasure in sharing forest therapy with other people.”
Why do I need a Guide to Forest Bath?
HAVING A GUIDE IS VALUABLE
Our Guides are trained in the art of mindfulness. The guide’s role isn’t to explain the flora and fauna, although we are located between 2 UNESCO biospheres. Rather, the guide facilitates the contemplative experience, offering participants “invitations” to interact with the forest in a meaningful and healing way.
Some people benefit from a guide in the same way they might benefit from a personal trainer at the gym. “Sometimes we have to make a commitment to other people in order to make a commitment to ourselves,”
“Sometimes when we have a coach or guide meeting us at a certain time, we are more likely to go out and do this thing we know is beneficial for us.”
Can I bring my cell phone?
Before and After pictures in our parking lot are highly encouraged.
We would recommend turning off your cell phone for this experience. In fact our guide will remind you;)
No need to take pictures during the experience. It’s difficult to be mindful and present with all your senses while on your phone.
How long is the experience?
Most experiences are 2.5 hours, but If you have a special request please reach out to have a conversation.
What should I bring?
Dress for the weather. The Bay of Fundy’s weather can change quickly, so be prepared.
Bring water, a small day pack, hiking boots, a hat, towel, bug spray.