Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing participant in wheel chair connecting with a tree

Accessibility

The slow, gentleness of Forest Bathing makes it accessible to a wide variety of ages and mobility. Some forest bathing will need two strong legs, balance and ability to climb. Others walks on fairly level ground with access paths that are wide enough for a walker, and sometimes even a wheel chair.

If you have special needs, check each walk before registering. Make sure the facilitator knows about any mobility issue. Also inform the facilitator of any urgent health issue such as intense allergy (always good to know where your epipen is).

Forest as therapy

Time in the forest is therapeutic. These sessions can be taken when you are mulling things over or troubled. The forest, and the process of softening into quiet receptivity, is deeply supportive during challenging times. Tell the facilitator if you are, for example, grieving the loss of a loved one, and whether you’d like to just be given space to grieve, or to be encouraged to remain with the group invitations and sharing.

An older Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing participant has accessibility through using her support sticks

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