Major news organizations—NPR, Time, CBS, and many more—have been reporting on the rise of “forest bathing” or shinrin-yoku, a Japanese practice of immersing oneself in nature in order to improve mental and physical health. Like mindfulness, forest bathing requires a focused approach to interacting with the outdoors; forest bathing guides lead group sessions using “invitations” to direct an individual’s attention. Focusing on what’s in motion, what’s concealed in shadow, what’s above, the smells and sounds surrounding the participant, all of these invitations are used to strengthen one’s connection with and appreciation of nature.
Forest bathing techniques have been largely limited to use while hiking, but now The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing will guide mountain bikers, paddlers, trail-runners, cross-country skiers, and climbers as they reap the benefits of forest bathing while enjoying their favorite activities. With invitations tailored for each specific sport and sidebars throughout detailing the health benefits of forest bathing, this book will enhance the outdoor enthusiast’s love of the outdoors.
Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D is an Integrative Medicine physician from Cedar Falls, Iowa and board certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (as well as the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology). She currently serves as medical director for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and leads workshops that combine hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking with the practice of Shinrin-Yoku. She also speaks nationally and internationally on the subjects of nature therapy and integrative medicine.
Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller has been quoted and featured in numerous publications on the subject of nature therapy, including Prevention magazine, WebMD, the Boston Globe, Prevention Australia, and the American Airlines American Way Magazine, among others. She holds additional certifications in herbal medicine and is a certified forest therapy guide. Suzanne lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.