Healing Forest is a journey to learn the art of healing through nature, and know the science behind nature healing. We share ideas that bring you and forests closer to each other.  Join us in this exploration of fascinating forests and their remarkable healing powers.

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

Forests are known to have great healing properties. As humans, we have evolved in nature. It’s where we feel most comfortable. New research on healing powers of nature show multiple benefits for our mental health, relieving stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and depression. It boosts our body’s immunity, energy levels and healing ability and improves our mood, sleep, and concentration. Being in nature has a direct influence on our social relationships and emotional well-being.

Countries like South Korea and Japan have designated healing forests. Forests that one can go to find calm, balance and good health. Forests that help people recover, relax and revive.

Just like the forest, this site has many beautiful secrets. The more you explore, the more you will find. If this idea interests you, please subscribe to this blog with your email.

Healing in Nature

Here are some of the things we hope to do:
Organize healing nature walks. Help people learn how to find peace, purpose and healing in nature. Share forest wisdom of the elders. Bring out new films and articles on various forest games, nature meditations and mindfulness activities. Publish stories from amazing places. Discover fascinating forests that can serve as healing forests. Do action projects that give back to nature. Create conscious communities.

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

Healing from nature


How is nature healing?

Connecting with nature allows the stressed portions of your brain to relax. Positive hormones are released in the body. You feel less sad, angry and anxious It helps to avoid stress and burnout, and aids in fighting depression and anxiety. Being in nature is known to boost immunity and leads to lesser days of illness as well as faster recovery from injury or surgery. Nature has a positive effect on our mind as well as body. It improves heart and lung health, and is known to increases focus, concentration and memory.

Certain trees like conifers also emit oils and compounds to safeguard themselves from microbes and pathogens. These molecules known as Phytoncides are good for our immunity too. Breathing in the forest air boosts the level of natural killer (NK) cells in our blood. NK cells are used in our body to fight infections, cancers and tumors.

An intangible outcome of nature connection is enhancement of emotional intelligence and self confidence which leads to improved relationships and better social health. Something that we know intuitively is now getting scientific proof and validation through research.

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in the forest in a mindful way. Use your senses to connect with nature and derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional and social health. It is also known as Shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means forest and Yoku stands for Bathing. The idea took birth in Japan in the 1980’s and proved to be a very effective tool to overcome the ill effects of a hectic life and stressful work environment.

How do I practise Shinrin-yoku / forest bathing?

You can practise forest bathing in any safe nature space. The main principles are to go in silence and go slow. Use your senses to find things in nature that bring you peace and happiness. Through nature connection activities and sense exercises, you can alter your mood and energy levels resulting in a host of benefits. Recommended time for forest bathing is at-least 2 hours a week.

What are the benefits of mindfulness in nature?

Learn to switch off unwanted thoughts.
Feel less angry, anxious and sad.
Increase self worth and confidence.
Overcome fear, self doubt and a wavering mind.
Avoid stress and burnout.
Get better sleep and rest.
Strengthen the ability to control cravings, give up addictions.
Find peace and happiness in the present moment.
Improve relationships.
Find answers for important questions and decisions.

Why does nature make us happy?

A large portion of the human evolution has taken place in nature. Nature connection is intrinsic to our behaviour, and is inscribed into our genetic code. It’s only during the last 200 years or so that we have reduced our interaction with the outdoors. Going back to nature can bring us to a heightened state of sensory awareness and a feeling of alert calm. It is akin to a feeling of returning home and allows a subconscious trigger of positive emotions. Being in nature can fill us with awe, wonder and gratitude. It allows us to be mindful of the present moment and gives spontaneous rise to the feelings of peace and happiness.

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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?


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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


    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


  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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