Forest Bathing & Wellness "Wander & Wonder" @ Singapore Botanic Gardens
Upon successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with important details of the forest bathing session. This includes the exact meeting venue and directions.
"Not all who wander are lost."
Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is not just a stroll in the park. Forest bathing takes participants slowly and intentionally through nature. Through a series of invitations, you will be facilitated to awaken your senses to deepen your connection with yourself, with nature, and with others. In our "Wander & Wonder" series, we take you through an immersive experience in our beautiful gardens around our city-state. Wander mindfully in these safe alluring spaces, wonder at the wonders around us, and refind yourself. And you may be surprised in finding yourself immersed in a new, mindful and serene threshold within our busy concrete jungle.
Why forest bathing?
The fast paced lifestyles that we are accustomed to in Singapore can cause a great deal of stress - physically, mentally and emotionally. Living in such a dynamic environment, most of us never have the luxury to consciously slow down and introspect, and are not aware of the accumulated pressure in our minds and bodies. During forest bathing, we take on a mindful walk of no more than 800 meteres, and this immersive experience in nature will benefit you by providing the much needed mental rest and rejuvenation.
Science and research studies on forest bathing have quantified health benefits including improved mental clarity, increase body immune functions, increase production of anti-cancer proteins, lower stress levels, lower blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure.
"This was a beautiful experience. I really enjoyed just slowing down and thinking about my environment in a different way."
"Good for de-stressing and great fun!"
"Absolutely amazing forest bathing experience. Was able to finally just relish in the loving arms of nature, and openly share and listen. The session grounded me, made me feel relaxed, awakened, and inspired."
Number of participants: Minimal of 5 participants to start the session, and we take up to a maximum of 12 particpants.
Am I suitable for forest bathing if I have never hiked nor spent much time outdoors?
Forest bathing is designed to be accessible to everyone of varied fitness and outdoor experience. The walk is conducted at a slow pace and we typically cover no more than 800 m for the entire session. In our "Wonder & Wander" series, we typically walk along well-established pavements in the gardens and grass lawns, and is very convenient and safe for everyone. The routes are also mostly level and no significant physical exertion will be required.
Is there a minimum age requirement for this event?
As forest bathing is a slow, mindful and contemplative walk, it may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. However, if you think that your child would benefit from the session and would enjoy the pace, he/she is welcome to register as a participant and join us in the session. We are in the midst of developing forest bathing sessions specifically for children, please stay tuned!
What if it rains?
In case of wet weather, we will personally contact you at least 30 minutes before the meeting time to confirm if the walk will proceed or be cancelled. Generally, walks are cancelled only in the event of very heavy downpour or if there is risk of lightning. For walks that are cancelled by the host/guide, participants can register for another walk without any additional charges. However, there will be no refunds.
Are we really walking in a forest?
Forest bathing allows a person to connect with nature. Nature exists outside forests too. City gardens, parks and beaches are some examples where meaningful connections with nature can take place and for you to receive your well-deserved mental and emotional recharge.
What happens when there are not enough participants to start the session?
We rarely cancel sessions due to small number of participants. However, if we do, paid registrants will receive notifications from us and will be entitled to register for another session without any additional charges.
About your guide
You Min is a certified nature and forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, USA. A pioneer guide in Singapore, she is passionate about sharing nature and forest therapy for well-being, especially for stressed out and disconnected city dwellers. She also guides with Singapore’s National Parks Board, conducting nature therapy programmes for elderly care centres as well as various nature connection programmes for families. Spearheading nature therapy for wellness in the ASEAN region, You Min leads forest bathings at wellness retreats in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is the founder of Xiu Nature Connections and is an active contributor of the Shinrin-yoku 森林浴 Forest Bathing - Singapore community.
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