Forest therapy is a way to reconnect with nature and improve your mental and physical health by mindfully spending time in a natural outdoor setting. The Conservation Foundation is committed to helping people connect to Forest Therapy through its Nature Rx initiatives.
Forest Therapy guides help facilitate a connection to the natural environment through a series of invitations that cultivate mindfulness, calm, and well-being. Activities include walking, meditating, sitting in silence, and mindful observing of nature. This approach is based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing, though we acknowledge that there is a long tradition of this type of experience in cultures throughout the world. Join us for an experiences that immerses your senses in nature through Forest Therapy.
Benefits of Forest Therapy
Studies have shown that forest therapy can:
- Reduce blood pressure and heart rate
- Reduce cortisol levels which can lower stress, reduce risk for heart disease, reduce anxiety, depression, and weight problems
- Improve memory and concentration
- Improve immune system, including increased Natural Killer (NK) cells
- Improve parasympathetic nerve activity leading to better sleep
- Reduce sympathetic nerve activity
- Reduce impacts of stressful events
- Improve sense of wellbeing
- Improve attention and focus
Forest Therapy Experiences
Connect With a guide
Looking to participate in a Forest Therapy experience?
Check out our Events page to join one of our scheduled forest therapy programs or take a look at our list of certified guides.