Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bathing in Forest Park: Portland, OR



Yes, you can bathe in a forest. The Japanese have a term for it: shinrin-yoku.

In Japan, visiting the forest is actually an officially recognized way to decompress.  Apparently, there are numerous studies that show spending time in the woods improves physical and mental wellbeing, and that breathing in what various trees are giving off is part this healthful practice. Simply being “fully present” in the forest is highly rejuvenating.

Seems like forests can be considered the original spa experience: a place where one can clear the senses and cleanse the soul.


So, skip yoga and put your aromatherapy aside for one afternoon. Instead, go straight to the source. If you happen to be in Portland, that would be Forest Park.


Forest Park
Portland, OR