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Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)
Amos Clifford, author of A Little Handbook of Shinrin-Yoku
Original Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
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This presentation is an overview of Forest Therapy, inspired by the practice of Shinrin-yoku. Shinrin-yoku, also known as Forest Bathing, is a simple practice of mindful movement in natural settings. It emphasizes cultivating an intimate relationship with nature through direct sensory contact. Using the techniques of shinrin-yoku, we can very quickly enter into a state of intimate, deep connectedness. Many health benefits of this practice have been empirically established, especially by Japanese researchers. Shinrin-yoku is embedded in health care in Japan, with designated Forest Therapy bases throughout the islands. The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is leading the effort to introduce shinrin-yoku to the United States, with the goal of integrating this simple, inexpensive, and highly effective practice into our health care system.
Amos Clifford, M.A is one of the leading voices for Shinrin-Yoku-inspired Forest Therapy in the United States. He began his career as a wilderness guide in 1972. Also a long-time Zen practitioner, Amos is founder of Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California. Amos is author of A Little Handbook of Shinrin-Yoku and founder of The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. He leads Shinrin-yoku walks weekly in Sonoma County.
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