THE Japanese art of forest bathing is coming to Cumbria.

Shinrin-Yoku in Japanese literally translates as ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ or ‘forest bathing’.

Developed in Japan in the 1980s it is now part of their national health programme. It has been scientifically proven to have many benefits including boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress levels and elevating mood and energy levels.

Jen Grange at Lakeland Wellbeing is working in partnership with Forestry England at Whinlatter and George Fisher, outdoor clothing and gear stockist in Keswick, to bring wellbeing and nature connection activities to Cumbria.

Jen said: “Shinrin-Yoku is a wonderful opportunity to relax, unwind and connect with the natural environment. It allows you time to switch off from the pressures of life and simply ‘be’. Engaging in sensory invitations allows us to be at one with nature and sharing our reflections with a group of like-minded people over a cup of tea brings a sense of friendship and connection.”

Forest bathing already has many fans across England, with people finding wide benefits in the activity, from being able to de-stress and take time for themselves, to reconnecting with nature and being able to appreciate the sights, sounds and textures of the forest. Sessions will run on September 8 and 22 from 9.30am-12.30pm and cost £25. Contact to book.