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If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a while, why not have a go at forest bathing?

What is forest bathing?

This Japanese practice is an ancient process of relaxation, know in Japan as shinrin yoku. A two-hour forest bath will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment and de-stress you. But the best bit is that it doesn’t matter how fit – or unfit – you are. Forest bathing  is suitable for any level of fitness! No wonder it has begun to gain popularity around the world, including Poland. Many of us naturally head outside as a way to unwind and feel refreshed.

Tips for Forest Bathing

  • Turn off your devices
  • Slow down. Move through the forest slowly so you can see and feel more.
  • Stop, stand or sit, smell what’s around you.
  • Sit quietly using mindful observation; try to avoid thinking about your to-do list or issues related to daily life.
  • Keep your eyes open. The colours of nature are soothing.
  • Stay as long as you can, start with a comfortable time limit and build up to the recommended two hours for a complete forest bathing experience.

Where should I go to forest bathe?

With many incredible forest locations around Poland you’re actually quite spoilt for choice. However, these three places are perfect for practising the art of being at one with the woods.

  • Karpacka Primeval Forest:  Here you will find yourself surrounded by towering beeches and conifers which create a green heaven. A perfect place for your own ZEN-moment.
  • Kampinos Primeval Forest : The best place for immersing yourself within shaded woods and letting the serene atmosphere to soothe your soul.
  • Bialowieza Primeval Forest: Some of the trees here are hundreds years old. Can you imagine the stories they could tell?
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