SHINRIN YOKU 森林浴
Japanese Forest Bathing
Shinrin Yoku on São Miguel.
Shinrin Yoku is a unique sensory way to experience and connect with nature. Originating in Japan, Shinrin Yoku offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature without modern day distractions. Shinrin Yoku 森林浴 is often referred to in English as forest bathing (the literal translation of this Japanese term) or forest therapy.
On your Shinrin Yoku walk you will experience the magical beauty of the Azorean countryside with all your senses. During the 3 hour session you’ll be walking calmly and gently over very short distances no more than 1km in total) and taking part in a series of guided activities to facilitate a deep connection with nature.
The walk includes several opportunities for group discussions to reflect together on what we are experiencing. The session ends with a wild tea ceremony where you will enjoy a tea infused from foraged plants, along with simple snacks made using seasonal produce from the island. Your guide, Caroline Sprod, is the first and only Shinrin Yoku guide in the Azores, and co-owner of the Solar Branco 1885 Eco Estate, where the walk will take place.