Summer Outside the Box - Forest Bathing!

What is Forest Bathing?!

Are you feeling tired and burnt out from work and everyday stressors? Need to spice up your outdoor life? In our industrial and urban world, it's easy to lose touch with nature. We spend most of our time working and looking at phones and screens, leaving us longing for lush green spaces. Maybe you need some nature therapy!

Shinrin-yoku

is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. And for the first time it’s being offered in Philly by Wild Philadelphia, run by Jess Gregan.

Jess previously worked at the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and was feeling overworked and burnt out. She wanted to slow down, reconnect to nature, and start something new. She became a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and launched Wild Philadelphia LLC in May. It’s the first organization of its kind in Philadelphia and we’re the perfect city for it since we have the biggest urban park system in the US (!)

Per the website, Wild Philadelphia offers guided forest therapy experiences for everyone – from public walks, to private parties and corporate groups. Give yourself and your loved ones the opportunity to truly slow down, be present, and reconnect. Forest therapy is a chance to experience the simple joy, awe, and relaxation that nature provides to us, through a unique sensory journey. Plus, there’s a cute tea ceremony at the end of the walk! Interested? Learn more here.

@WildPhiladelphia