Forest therapy walks are typically about three hours long and cover less than a mile of trail. During this time the guide, in partnership with the forest, will offer an evolving series of invitations crafted to help participants slow down and open their senses. The opening of one’s senses encourages mindfulness, which readies the heart and mind to better perceive messaging present in the natural world.
Doing shinrin-yoku one time will certainly benefit the mind and body. But like any wellness practice (yoga, meditation, prayer, etc.), the more regularly we engage, the more proficient and healthy we become. And, since it is a practice, it is best to learn from a qualified guide.