The rustling of the leaves, the scent of wood, the lush green of the trees – there is something magical about the forest! And that’s not all: according to one study, just two hours a week in nature can contribute to greater overall well-being. If you’re looking for ways to ditch the city and feed your nature cravings, Dream Local is worth a look. A digital marketplace for trips and experiences, the platform lets you discover the slower side to Berlin and Brandenburg. One of the nature-filled sessions you’ll find is Forest Bathing. Translated from the Japanese term “Shinrin Yoku”, the practice is considered an integral part of a healthy life and involves a mindful stroll in nature with a focus on meditation and breathing. One technique used is Pranayama, a yogic breathing technique that lets you fully absorb the benefits of the clear, pure and healing forest air. For a forest experience that’s all about inspiration, you can also opt for the Creative Forest Bathing course or the Barefoot Hike, which focuses on activating all your senses. Finally, for healing that comes from stillness rather than movement, the Conscious Connected Breathwork is worth checking out. Whichever you pick, it’s the perfect way to escape and recharge before heading back to the city hustle and bustle.
Text: Kate Foran / Photos: Ash Edmonds, Rudolf Jakkel & Cottonbro