SHINRIN-YOKU WALK ~Japanese Forest Therapy~

"Shinrin" means Forest, "Yoku" means Bathing. Shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. You bathe in the environment of the forest, using all your senses to experience nature upclose. It is a simple natural therapy which has been done for many years.

With Shinrin-Yoku, trees provides fresh oxygen so you can take a deeper breath and the green colours of the leaves sooth your eyes, sounds of birds and water from creek calm the noise in your head and you feel the breeze on your skin.

In a very short time you enter a relaxed state of mind!

This walk begins at Ferndale Park, Chatswood. Participants will meet with their guide, Mayu, on site at a pre-arranged location. 

Highlights :

  • Deep relaxation experience in a peaceful natural environment

  • Learn introductory Qi (Energy) breathing and exercise

  • Complimentary Japanese tea & snacks at the end

  • Complimentary gift (hand made greeting card with nature photography taken by Mayu)

**Don’t forget your COVID safety precautions while walking: wear a mask indoors, and observe social distancing during the walk. It’s a good idea to bring your own hand sanitiser too. 

Materials List

• Sturdy shoes for walking • Water bottle • Hat • Sunscreen • Yoga mat

Tutor: Mayu Kataoka

Mayu Kataoka is a Sydney based Tree photographer & Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Certified by Japan Forest Therapy Society - Japan). Originally born in Japan, Mayu moved to Sydney in 2003 after falling in love with Australia when working as a volunteer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. Over the past 10 years the path of Mayu's "trees & nature" photography has led her to a new career as a "Forest Therapy Guide" where she offers therapeutic & mindfulness nature walks to a range of people and organisations. "I really believe that nature already knew the reason as to why I have been so involved with tree photography. During this period, nature has been talking to me through a multitude of experiences, sights, sounds, touch and the scent of the forest. She has taught me so much and I believe she chose me for this new career, for which I am so grateful.”