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Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing)
By Volcan Mountain Foundation

Join Janice Smith, VMF’s Education Coordinator and Certified Forest Therapy Guide, on a guided Forest Bathing walk at VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center in Julian, CA. This is the first walk of a new series of bi-monthly Forest Bathing walks offered through VMF.


Forest Bathing, also called Forest Therapy or Shinrin-Yoku, is a practice that supports healing and wellness through guided sensory immersion in forests and other natural environments. It is not a hike with a destination or goal, rather a series of guided open invitations aimed at slowing down and taking time to wander and notice nature while engaging your senses. These experiences can cultivate meaningful connections with the natural world.

Shinrin-Yoku originated in Japan in the 1980’s to address a spike in stress related illness during the new tech boom. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest” and yoku means “bath.” So Shinrin-Yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through your senses with the intention of receiving therapeutic benefits.

The walk ends with a tea ceremony, using foraged local plants made by the guide.

Note: This experience is for adults only and is limited to 10 participants.

Cost: $25 per person 


December 18
10:00am - 2:00pm