"Our mission is to support
the expansion, quality, and acceptance of Nature and Forest Therapy programs and practice as an auxiliary use of natural areas and forests to directly benefit the wellness of people, and as an accepted psychological or medical prescription for human health when appropriate. We are inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, "forest bathing," and the many research-proven benefits of this and similar wellness strategies that recognize the link between the well-being of humans and natural environments."
is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved."