The Northamptonshire Nature and Landscape Photography Page (visit now ») has recently been full of wonderful studies of autumn colour. One post, in particular, mentioned "Shinrin-Yoku".
Grow Wild, a website from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, explains that "Shinrin-Yoku, translated into English as ‘forest bathing', means taking in the forest atmosphere during a leisurely walk. It is a therapy that was developed in Japan during the 1980s, becoming a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine." Read the details »
This Rose of the Shires website has a whole section on longer walks (visit now ») but Shinrin-Yoku is about something much lighter and more relaxing.
All across Northamptonshire there are little pockets of woodland where we can escape for a few moments, whether taking a short stroll in the dappled light under the trees or a sitting on bench to take a few quiet moments out of a busy day to soak in the natural peace while enjoying a packed lunch.
We can enjoy the same benefits in other open spaces too, a quiet corner of a park or in a field, a few steps away from a layby.
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