A new 'forest bathing' experience is coming to Wicklow

By James Fenton

May 21, 2021 at 2:09pm

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If you've ever thought about forest bathing (and who hasn't?), you'll be able to try it for yourself pretty soon in Co. Wicklow.

Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku in Japanese, may not mean what you think it means in that you won't need to bring your bottle of bubbles with you. Essentially, forest bathing is 'bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through your senses.'

According to National Geographic, the term originated in Japan in the 1980s 'to offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout and to inspire residents to reconnect with and protect the country’s forests.' Well, if people were suffering from tech burnout back in the 80s, what does that say for us now?

If it sounds interesting to you, keep an eye on Forest Bathing Wicklow, which has been started up by Witty Walks owner Cathelijne de Wit-Peijs. An Instagram page has already been set up, with details still a little bit hazy for the time being.

Regardless, if you're looking to try out something new, keep an eye on the page here.

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