Forest Bathing is the Latest Wellness Trend—Come Give it a Try!

 In Accommodations, Activities, holidays

The Brant Wildlife Festival taking place through March and April offers a variety of outdoor activities. On March 24th and 25th it provides the unique opportunity to participate in the increasingly popular activity of Forest Bathing.

So what exactly is Forest Bathing? Rest assured it does not involve taking a bath in the forest! Forest Bathing became popular in Japan in the 80’s as a form of eco-therapy and is now being an international trend. Instead of heading into nature for blood-pumping exercise, Forest Bathing is simply about being around trees and it has proven health benefits.

Forest Bathing is supposed to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress, help with immunity, and more. And it’s not just due to taking time out of your day to slow down and take some deep breaths. Trees and other vegetation give off different essential oils to protect themselves from their environment that are beneficial when inhaled so just being around trees is good for you!

An eco tour guide will lead you on a “slow paced, sensory and mindful forest bathing experience.” The walks take place from 10am-2pm and cost $20 per person. Pre-registration is required and can be booked through Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours.

This is a true West Coast experience, and after breathing in the restorative outdoor air, we’ll happily welcome you back at Ocean Trails.