Wellington Acres is located in Bluff Country SE MN and surrounded by forest being next to the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest. Here a simple immersion in the woods offers a healthy antidote to our tech-saturated world where an experience amongst the trees offers various health benefits known to Eastern Medicine with numerous Western Studies supporting the evidence.
Forest bathing is based on the Japanese practice, shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.”
So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.
Scientific research has found that forest bathers showed evidence of reduced stress hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline in their bodies. Forest bathing has been proven to help those experiencing not just a temporary stressful situation but chronic stress.
The results demonstrated a “significant positive correlation between nature, mindfulness, and measures of psychological well-being.”
One of the obvious benefits of taking a walk in nature is getting away from screens. At the same time, when we enjoy nature, we are also turning off rumination, worry, and obsessive thinking. Instead, we are taking a break and allowing ourselves time to recharge and appreciate.
Schedule a time to ensure private access to our forest bathing locations. Here you will find short walking paths at different levels of access and sitting areas with reflection activities. Make sure you have left your phone and camera behind. Let your body be your guide. Listen to where it wants to take you. Follow your nose. And take your time. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get anywhere. You are not going anywhere. You are savoring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting the forest in.
Virtual Tour for those with Allergies
If you have or suspect you have tree allergies, you can find virtual alternatives to allow for mindful moments on a virtual forest session.
“I feel calmer and happier. Listening to the breeze through the trees. Laughing at the goat antics nearby. Smelling the moist earth."