Forest Trail

Forest Bathing.

Forest Therapy.

Shinrin-Yoku.

There are many different names for the act of taking in the atmosphere of the nature around you. They all describe the relational practice that can bring us into deeper intimacy with natural places.

 

When we try and pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. - John Muir

 

Experience the Healing Power of Nature

Forest Therapy promotes improvements of human health and overall well-being. These days people are more stressed, anxious, and depressed and have more chronic health conditions. Forest Therapy provides a pathway for people to remember how to immerse themselves in nature; to rest from all that consumes them in their daily lives. Research demonstrates exposure to forests and trees:

  • boosts the immune system

  • lowers blood pressure

  • reduces stress

  • improves mood

  • increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD

  • accelerates recovery from surgery or illness

  • increases energy level

  • improves sleep

Forest Light
 
ayr mount_edited_edited.jpg

The Land

Piedmont: noun, a gentle slope leading from the base of mountains to a region of flat land

The land of Orange County NC is nestled in the hills of the North Carolina Piedmont. It is rich in protected lands, natural and cultural resources, well maintained forest trails and nature preserves. The original and earliest tenders of the land included the Eno, Occaneechi, and Haw Native peoples.

I do not believe we are separate from the land, I see us as a part of it. We can cultivate a reciprocal and reverent relationship with the land we live on through exploring the original history, diving deep into the names of the rivers, mountains, lakes, etc, researching native plants, and making offerings to all the beings that live on the land with you.

I wonder with what land you might have a relationship? Give yourself permission to EXPLORE!