Forest Bathing Berlin

Mindful nature connection walks in green spaces
by Fiona McDougall

Forest Bathing Berlin
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Hi! I’m a certified Forest Bathing guide based in Berlin. I completed my training with Forest Therapy Hub in August, 2022. For me, forest bathing combines my natural curiosity for plants and trees and love of being outdoors with my desire to share those experiences and help other people connect. As well as forest bathing, I have experience in back-country camping and urban foraging, and am certified in wilderness first-aid.

Despite there being more ways than ever to connect, we are living through a time of extreme isolation and disconnection from the natural world and from each other. The practice of forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku), which originated in Japan in the 1980s, helps facilitates connections to other beings and our fellow humans through a series of mindful outdoor activities and moments of sharing.

As well as developing a greater sense of connection, regularly spending time in nature has been shown to lower blood pressure, boost our memories, strengthen our immune system and make us less prone to stress and depression — our body and brain work better in the woods. A recent study recommends at least 2 hours per week immersed in nature to maximize the benefits.

Join me on a walk 🌳👣🍃

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  • Common questions about forest bathing

    Why do I need a guide? What happens on a walk? What should I bring?