Forest Therapy: Rest and Recover in Nature
Come and immerse yourselves in a nature-based wellness experience in Belair National Park, near Adelaide. Forest bathing, or being in the presence of trees, is a Japanese practice known as ‘shinrin-yoku’ that has been proven to boost the immune system, decrease stress, and lower blood pressure.
Our resident nature therapist, Deborah, runs Escapegoat’s 2.5-hour forest bathing session. Deborah will guide you through this therapeutic experience, helping you to relax and connect with the natural world via mindfulness, slow walking, grounding, and embracing your different senses.
Book your guided forest bathing session to immerse yourself in nature and experience deep rest, calm and connection. If you’re looking for something more energetic, check out our MTB tours and day trips from Adelaide.
School Holidays Forest Bathing Adventures for kids 8+ and their favourite adult are now available – click on ‘Book My Spot’ for details
Forest bathing Walk in Belair National Park
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month from 1PM to 3:30PM and special events
Belair National Park
Escapegoat Adventures cafe “The Goat Shed”
Old Golf Precinct, 101 Upper Sturt Rd , Belair,
(Use Caravan park entrance, not main park entrance)
$79 for 2.5 hour session
Nature inspired tea ceremony with healthy snacks
Arrive early to grab a coffee and settle in. Departures aim to be on time.
What is Forest Bathing?
The practice of forest bathing, also called forest therapy, involves no actual bathing and isn’t led by a therapist but a trained, certified guide instead. In Japan, the practice is decades old and known as shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest.”
Through a series of guided invitations, forest bathing will help you relax, slow down, become present, and connect with nature.
We know innately that being in nature makes us feel better but when was the last time that you lingered in nature, unhurried?
For many of us today, life is about juggling priorities, work, family, and running households. Modern life sees us spending more time indoors and less time outdoors, basking in the seasons. This daily treadmill can lead to mental fatigue, poor sleep and a lowered immune system.
Many health care researchers and practitioners say that being in nature can have regenerative powers, improving mood and easing anxiety, stress, and depression. Nature is the perfect tonic!
Nature therapy helps our brains to rest and allows us to unplug and recharge. Spending as little as 10 minutes a day connecting with nature mindfully can improve our feelings of wellbeing and boost creativity. And 2-3 hours a month is the sweet spot that researchers say gives your body and mind the best benefits, and benefits that can continue for up to 30 days beyond your experience.
A forest bathing experience can be likened to the feeling from having a massage. You feel that same sense of bliss, embodiment, and sense of wellbeing. So, see how much deeper your experience is when you go with a guide and book our forest bathing experience today. And please get in touch if you have any questions for us.