Healing Forest is a journey to learn the art of healing through nature. We live in a complex world, facing challenges big and small each day. The twists and turns of life affect us in many ways. Therefore, learning to take control of our own wellbeing is an important skill. Discover how to find peace, purpose and good health with the help of nature. We share the best ideas and practices from around the world. Join us to explore fascinating forests and beautiful nature connection activities.

Our aim is simple. Helping people heal. Helping Forests heal.

Countries like South Korea and Japan have developed the practice of forest bathing and designated many areas as healing forests. Forests that one can immerse in to find calm, balance, and good health. Forests that help people relax, revive, and revitalise.

Just like the forest, this site has many beautiful treasures waiting to be discovered. The more you explore, the more you find. If this concept interests you, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter and receive new ideas in your inbox once every month.

Here are some of the things we hope to do:
Help people learn the art and science of Japanese forest bathing. Curate nature meditations, arts and games from around the world. Publish stories from amazing places. Share forest wisdom of the elders and indigenous people. Highlight inspiring projects and people working for nature. Discover fascinating forests that can serve as healing forests. Organize healing nature walks. Do action projects that give back to nature. Create change leaders and compassionate communities through our forest friends program

Feel free to add your thoughts and suggestions in the comment box below.

Healing from nature

As humans, we have evolved in nature. It’s where we feel most comfortable. Multiple research on the healing powers of nature have shown a variety of benefits for our mental and physical health. It provides a simple and efficient way for avoiding stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and depression as well as reducing their ill-effects. Connecting with nature boosts our body’s immunity, energy levels and healing ability. It improves our mood, sleep, memory as well as focus. Being in nature also has a healing influence on our social relationships and emotional well-being.

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85 thoughts on “HEALING FOREST

  1. I wish I had one. For the last eighteen months or so, I have been unable to leave home, and am stuck in my room 95% of the time. When I watched your film, I really broke down as I miss nature with all my heart…

    Do you have any ideas on what I could do to get that peaceful feeling again?

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    1. Dear Nan,
      Thank you for reaching out. While there are no direct answers, here are a few pointers. This month we are creating a guest post on flower therapy which talks of the healing abilities of flowers. Also check out the Japanese art of Bonsai. It’s about creating a mini forest in your own home. In the end, the healing process is more about carrying nature in your heart and not just being in nature.
      Wishing you great peace and calm.

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    2. I would love to learn more about this flower therapy. I will be teaching a class on flower illustration this summer. It might be helpful to know about flower therapy and how flowers in particular can help us feel calm. Please keep me posted!

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    3. Do you have a window in your room? Maybe someone could put a bird feeder outside your window so you could watch them eat.

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    4. Nan,

      On YouTube, I have posted brief videos of my Healing Forest walks throughout Colorado.
      While you are bedridden you can view them for uplift. Just search my name in YouTube: ‘ria fenty’.
      Heal swiftly.

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    5. Nan.
      I am saddened that you have to stay indoors for almost all of your day. One thing that came to me mind that may help is to ask someone to bring the elements of nature to you. For example a sound track of nature sounds with someone walking through a forest. You will hear the crunch of each surface as they walk. Also have someone bring you a small water fountain for a babbling brook sound. Then you can have some one bring you elements from a forest that you can touch and smell like smooth drift wood, a sharp evergreen branch, stones from water ways rough and harsh and also some things to smell from nature. This way your senses can experience it; your ears can hear it; you nose can smell it; and you hands can touch it. Ask someone you love to bring nature…. to you! Many blessings Kristi from Canada

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    6. Hello Nan,
      I was so deeply grieved when I had to return to the city after living for a year in the forest, I never would even go out to a park. But just watching these films rekindles the forest energy in my body again so strongly! My heart rises up in the rushing joy and wonder of my walks through the woods each night. If the films stir that in you, perhaps could watch the films each day, and bathe in the eternal and blessed memory of those living energies reactivated in your body and heart. Love to you, Ann

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  2. When great stress has erupted in my life, I have instinctively turned to the woods and nature for solace and healing. Waiting for results of medical tests, mind awash with anxiety, it was February a couple of years ago. All the woods here covered in snow, the cold and winds too harsh to spend time outdoors, I found myself fleeing to the warmth and greenery of a local Conservatory. There, in the “tropical” room, surrounded by enormous palms and with the music of a small waterfall, my heart and mind were still and calm. I went every day for that tense week, staying for hours in the arms of Mother Nature. The tests came back OK. I love a small park near my home with nature trails. Amazingly underused, I often have it to myself. Solitude, nature, birds, a small wetland/swamp area and a pond as well as trails in the woods. This, to me, is what Heaven is.

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  3. ‘I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life, sometimes on multiple occasions, when they experience the overwhelming urge to call out to God. I was always fascinated with hiking and the woods. That realization was the turning point in my life when I lost someone very close to me. I began facing my shadow, the dark parts of me and my shame. The older I get, the more cynical I become with myself. There’s a lot in life you just can’t change. It’s okay because it’s temporary. I was struggling with moving past a traumatic incident with my aunt that passed away and I found it difficult to overcome anxiety and depression, I’ve learned to accept myself for who I am. Whatever your anxiety or trauma is about, change your way of thought….get away from negative thoughts and start chasing adventures.
    “Life is a journey.” The woods are definitely where I feel most at home.”

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