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Absorbing the Spirit of the Forest (Shinrin-Yoku) - Martin Hills

Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku, the medicine of simply being in the forest.

Shinrin-yoku is a term that means 'taking in the forest atmosphere and forest bathing'. It was developed in Japan during the 1980's and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.

The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
  • - Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural
Killer (NK) cells.
  • - Reduced blood pressure
  • - Reduced stress
  • - Improved mood
  • - Increased ability to focus
  • - Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
  • - Increased energy level
  • - Improved sleep
  • - A gentle path to wellness accessible to almost everybody.

Martin will lead a few woodland 'forest bathing' walks and a classroom session to introduce the concept, and outline the various health benefits of Shinrin-yoku.

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Sun and Moon Health Education CIC is a not-for-profits organisation, promoting holistic wellbeing, health, and positive values and behaviour. We do not sell alcohol at the festival or gatherings, as we believe that we don't need any artificial stimulants to have a great time. We offer vegan and vegetarian food at all of our events, to promote consideration for the planet and our own health. Our aim is to bring people together in an atmosphere of love and respect, acceptance and friendship. 

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