Back To Nature
Forest Bathing For Heath
The trees are drawing me near
I've got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh
— Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Tuesday) by Justin Hayward, The Moody Blues
Now back from an annual retreat in upstate New York, I feel ready to resume life in the “real world” for another year while recognizing that the real world is the one I just left behind.
Getting away allowed me to take up the paint brush for the first time in more than a year, and also gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in “forest bathing” or, as the Japanese call it, Shinrin Yoku. Last year, I experienced forest bathing on a small scale, but this year, I participated in the full three-hour walk through woods and streams, led by June Leo-Randazzo, a certified forest therapy guide.
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