Tag: Shinrin-yoku

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Looking back at Scotland

What an amazing September! Our Mindfulness in Nature and Forest Therapy retreat in Scotland was full of magic. Strangers who became family in just a few days. We all became so enriched by nature, mindfulness and the deep connection that we all have to this one place. A place filled with tolerance, compassion and the common ground that unites us, that makes us all … Read More Looking back at Scotland

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Meeting my mentor – Dr. Miyazaki

After my last Shinrin-yoku private session which took place at Okutama Town near Tokyo, I traveled to a hotel near my next destination, which in fact turned out to be the highlight of my entire trip. I stayed overnight very near the Chiba University campus where Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki works has a professor and leads the Nature Therapy Laboratory at the Center for Environment, … Read More Meeting my mentor – Dr. Miyazaki

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Okutama Town

My next stop was the Okutama Forest Therapy base near Tokyo. At about one and a half hours by car from downtown Tokyo, we find this picturesque town by the Tama river. Thick forests on both sides of this river valley as far as the eye can see. I later learned that this area has 97% of its area covered by forests. Being closer … Read More Okutama Town

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Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 2

The pilgrimage route through the Togakushi shrines is located in the forested mountains northwest of Nagano. Togakushi is considered to be a spiritual mountain with five shrines along the trail, each representing a different God character from the mythological story of Japan’s creation. The 3 main shrines in Togakushi, a lower, a middle and upper one, are connected by a few kilometers of forested … Read More Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 2

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Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 1

For the day after the Otari Shinrin Yoku session, I arranged a tour in Nagano Town of a famous Buddhist temple, the Zenkoji temple and a Shinto pilgrimage route with several shrines along the way, the Togakushi shrines.  Fortunately I had the same guide as the day before, Naoko, she was amazing. I learned a lot from her about the two main religions in … Read More Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 1

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Otari Forest Therapy

Continuing with our adventure in Japan, my next destination was Minami-Otari, where I had booked a full day Shinrin Yoku, private tour with a guide from the Otari Forest Therapy base. I left the Akasawa forest area, the very historical Kiso area, heading north, up a beautiful valley with forested mountains on either side. I had the whole day before I had to check … Read More Otari Forest Therapy

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Akasawa Forest

The birth place of Shinrin-Yoku

Forest Bathing or “Shinrin-Yoku” now on Airbnb!

We are so proud of our Airbnb Experience Forest Bathing or “Shinrin-Yoku” experience. It has been a great introductory month. We’ve had people from Europe, Asia and North America. Great reviews, people are loving it! See it here: https://www.airbnb.ca/experiences/229973 Find out more here: https://universe-mindfulness.com/portfolio/forest-therapy-bavaria-germany/