How to forest bathe
Shake it off: set the scene and create intention by shaking off your ‘stuff’. When animals that have been held in captivity are released back into the wild you will often see them ‘shaking off’, as though they are shaking off the modern world. We can do this too – actively shake your arms, legs and body and set the intention of leaving your inner chatter behind, before you head on in to bathe.
Listen: try listening to the sounds of nature with your hands cupped behind your ears, or closing your eyes and listening. Observe the sound of your feet crunching through the autumn leaves, or the cracking of twigs underfoot. The more you listen, the more you’ll nd you hear!
Look: pick a tree and take time to really examine it and get to know it. Sit under it, touch its bark, feel its leaves and notice its scent. If you like, you could create artistic patterns using the natural materials around you.
Tune into the weather: use each kind of weather to connect with the environment around you. Ground yourself in the present moment by listening to the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, feeling the rain against your skin or watching how the sunlight plays through leaves and branches.