Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is the Japanese practice of taking short, leisurely visits to a forest for health benefits. The practice has been proven by scientists to benefit physical as well as mental health by lowering blood pressure and heart rate, reducing stress hormones, boosting immunity and mood, and improving overall feelings of wellbeing. Research has shown significant increases in human natural killer cell activity, and that the positive effects of forest bathing can persist for several weeks after spending time in a forest.
We think this sounds FABULOUS, and it gets even better when you combine this activity with the positive spirituality of the horse. What could be better than a healing, meditative horseback ride through the majestic Goethe State Forest?
I've ridden in most of the natural areas in our lovely State of Florida, and I must say, the Goethe State Forest is the most beautiful, awe-inspiring forest I have encountered. I feel the positive effects of Shinrin-yoku when I ride through this lovely forest, and id like nothing more than to share this extraordinary experience with you!
Below are some active links to articles which further describe the benefits of Shinrin-yoku/Forest Bathing:
Washington Post Article
Psychology Today Article
A doctor's perspective