Slow down. Awaken. Connect with all beings, including yourself.

Evidence-based research has proven what deep down we have known forever.  

Spending time in nature is good for your health--physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Forest Bathing | Shinrin Yoku | Forest Therapy

Many names for the medicine of being in the forest.


What is it?

First, it has nothing to do with taking a bath in the woods. 

Forest Bathing, also called Forest Therapy, originated in Japan in the 1980s. While studying the declining health of Japan’s population, researchers discovered the healing benefits of being in a forested environment and a national preventative healthcare program, called Shinrin Yoku or “Forest Bathing”, was born.

Simply put, it is the practice of immersing yourself in nature by engaging all your senses. 

What Can I Expect?

The forest is the therapist and the guide opens the door.

On a Forest Bathing walk, your Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, Julie Sczerbinski will offer you a series of invitations designed to enable you to slow down and connect with nature in a deeper way than you have before.  

Unlike a hike, there is no destination. Walks are usually 2 to 3 hours in length and the distance covered is less than a mile. Forest bathing is also not a naturalist walk. The knowledge you gain can not be measured by intellect. Each walk features a tea ceremony with tea made from foraged plants and organic snacks. At the conclusion of the walk, you will leave in a deeper relationship with the more-than-human world and most likely, with yourself.


Upcoming Forest Bathing Walks

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saturday, September 14, 2019 10:00am - 2:30pm

Forest Bathing at Magic Tree Sanctuary

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In Davidson, North Carolina:

Slow down, awaken your senses and experience the healing power of nature connection.

Forest bathing, or Shinrin Yoku is a science-backed wellness practice, originating in Japan more that 30 years ago. Some of the proven benefits are reduced stress, improved mood, lower your blood pressure and a boosted immune system.

In the 2 1/2 hour session, the forest is the therapist and Julie Sczerbinski, your ANFT Therapy Guide opens the door for you to deeply connect with nature through a series of sensory connection invitations designed to help you slow down and lean into the sensation of being alive. You will discover a new way to be in nature, let go of stress and become fully present as you connect with the natural world, yourself and others.

Registration Fee: $30 for Davidson Residents, $35 for Non Residents

Tickets purchased through the Town of Davidson Park and Recreation Department. (Link below.)



SAturday, September 21, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am

Forest Bathing at Fisher Farm Park


Sunday, October 20, 2019 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Forest Bathing at Lake Davidson Nature Preserve


sunday, November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Forest Bathing at Fisher Farm Park