Forest Bathing with Aimee Vandemark
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.
More than just a meander through the woods, forest therapy is a way of immersing yourself in the total atmosphere of the forest. Forest therapy provides opportunities to experience the natural environment with all of your senses, in ways that perhaps you never have experienced.
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
increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
increases energy level
The Land of the NC Piedmont
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 Band of the Saponi Nation, 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.