Forest Bathing at Arnside Knott

Tree tops Arnside Knott

Today’s busy lives can have a real impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a while why not have a go at forest bathing – or ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ as it is called in Japan. This is the practice of immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the forest for relaxation and wellbeing.

Forest bathing is all about slowing down and engaging your senses with the natural world to help your health and wellbeing; physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Scientific studies have shown us that 2 hours of mindful exploration in a woodland can reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and improve concentration and memory. Studies also found that trees release chemicals called phytoncides which have an anti-microbial effect on human bodies even boosting the immune system.

Tree canopy
Arnside Knott Forest Bathing
Tree canopy

Many of us naturally head outdoors to unwind but the benefits of time spent in nature have been backed up by science. Academics from the university of Derby in 2018 found that improving your connection with nature led to significant increases in wellbeing.

If you’d like to try forest bathing, we will be holding monthly sessions at Arnside Knott where you can soak in the beauty of our woodlands and surroundings all led by local forest bathing guide Delyth Johnson. Delyth will guide you through a series of invitations so you can open your senses, slow down and enjoy all that our woodlands can offer.

Sadly due to corona virus, forest bathing sessions are cancelled for the next few months. Keep an eye on our 'What's On' section for updates.