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shinrin-yoku madison


Time in Nature is the best gift

Feeling stressed, burned out, anxious or disconnected? 
You need a restorative Shinrin-Yoku, or Forest Bat
hing, walk. 
This gentle guided and immersive experience uniquely activates your senses,
calms the mind, and brings the present moment alive.
Kate Bast, certified nature and forest therapy guide, helps you find stillness, peace, relaxation - and much more through the beautiful and unique practice. 
Shinrin-Yoku is about just BE-ingness and connection, with Nature and its myriad health and wellbeing benefits. 
Both individual and group walks are available. Visit Book Online to set up a walk or contact me if you have questions.

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forest bathing + nature connection

What is Shinrin-yoku? In Japanese it means "forest bathing," or immersing oneself in the atmosphere of nature. The Japanese coined the term in the 1980s, but really, going to the land is an ancient practice embraced by cultures throughout history for healing and insights. 

It is not a hike (no cardio!). Nor is it a naturalist walk filled with facts and data, nor psychological therapy nor even mindfulness.

It is meditative. It is a slowing down and experiential noticing, your senses fully activated to drop you into a state of just beingness. 

Time in nature increases our creativity and focus, and softens rumination, anxiety and depression. 

It is also healing, with plentiful evidence-based research documenting the positive health benefits: lowered pulse rate and blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, increased Natural Killer cell response, improved immune function—and more. 

The positive effects last several days. 

The forest is the therapist. Nature provides the medicine each of us needs. The guide opens the door. 

"We need the tonic of wildness. ...We can have never enough of nature."—Henry David Thoreau

I will guide you on a
Shinrin-yoku walk to find 
the calm + the balm,
the meaning + the connection
with Nature—and yourself.

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