For those of you who like science to back up claims, this article has some of that. I have personally done “forest bathing” simply by taking long walks in the woods. I’ve also personally planted, or organized the planting of, thousands of trees.
But nature doesn’t have to involved trees. Walk or roll along a river or through a field or in a garden. You can also play recordings of nature sounds (I love birdsong and babbling brooks) or gaze at a picture of soothing nature scenes such as rivers, forests, mountains, prairies, or gardens. Devise your own retreat in nature, which I wrote about in a previous post.
Next week we’ll interview my friend Sam Iverson, who retreats every year by volunteering for a cause—conservation. Sam knows the healing power of nature, which is why she volunteers her time to conservation for one month every year.
My invitation is open for your input. What would you like know about doing a retreat?