Author and naturopathic physician Dr. Cyndi Gilbert introduces readers to the art and science of forest bathing, the deceptively simple Japanese practice of spending time in the forest as a way to find peace, rejuvenation, and to promote health.
Dr. Gilbert shares her own personal history with the practice―how in the midst of an urban sprawl she lost touch with nature, only to rediscover it through the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing. In Forest Bathing, you'll discover the health benefits of Shinrin Yoku, from restoring Vitamin D to balancing your microbiome, along with the rich mental and emotional rewards that spending time surrounded by trees can offer. Forest bathing is a restorative, meditative activity for those who practice it by themselves, but Dr. Gilbert also explores the benefits of practicing forest bathing in community with family and friends.
Most importantly, the book offers an easy and practical guide to begin your own forest bathing practice along with a resources section to help you further explore the topic. Learn to tap more deeply into your five senses, practice true mindfulness in sacred woodland spaces, and experience the healing impact of nature wherever you are.
Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND is a naturopathic doctor, author, and plant whisperer, who has been studying trees and plant medicine since she first sat under the maple tree and ate red clover flowers out of her yard as a child. A faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, she taught botanical medicine and naturopathic philosophy for over 10 years. She presently acts as the naturopathic clinical supervisor at a community health center working with underserved patients.