"Forest Bathing" Might Not Be What You Think

June 16, 2022 4p 

(WGTD)---Combining the benefits of immersing one’s self with nature while engaging in exercises designed to enhance the senses... is what “Forest Bathing” is about.

"Guided Forest Bathing" walks are being offered this summer at River Bend Nature Center north of Racine. 

The practice was launched in Japan in the 1980s, and has some real health benefits, according to Bristol-based “Guided Forest Bathing Walk” expert Teri Knuese. She tells WGTD that the practice reduces stress and blood pressure. Kneuse cites "sound mapping" as an example of one of the exercises  Participants sit in a circle and actively engage in listening for the sounds of the forest, she said. 

Knuese will be leading Forest Bathing Walks of 1.5 and 2.5 hours, with the first one coming up the evening of June 21st.

Reservations can be made by calling the Nature Center at 262-639-1515. There is a fee—it’s $35 for the shorter session and $60 for the longer one.