The presenters will discuss the importance of a journey away from a chaotic world of details, multi-tasking, stressful obligations, smartphones and noisy machines; to a place that is unspoiled, untamed, and free. Shinrin-Yoku/Forest Bathing is a nature-based mindfulness practice that is an innovative and evidence-based wellness activity. Patients, practitioners, and caregivers in the mental health community need to learn ways to keep ourselves healthy in order to effectively sustain care-receiving and caregiving efforts. Forest Bathing is a non-threatening organic practice that has roots and foundations as old as the human species. It is also “free” and readily available/accessible to almost everyone.
At the annual National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI MN) conference, “Advancing Equity,” Tom Bezek, Shin-rin Yoku Forest Guide, and I facilitated a session titled “Nature as Therapist: The Healing Power of Mindful Forest Bathing.”
A description of our break-out session follows:
The conference, as always, highlighted the latest and most significant ways to support people of diverse backgrounds who have mental illness and who thrive via their own self-care strategies and with the support of their allies.