This Wilderness Awareness School Event Encourages 'Forest Bathing'

By: Laura McQuarrie - Sep 17, 2015
References: latimes & ndtv
"Forest bathing," or Shinrin-yoku as it is known in Japan is becoming a popular way for people to disconnect from the stress that technology brings into daily life.

The Wilderness Awareness School set up an 'Unplug and Recharge in Nature Day,' inviting employees from major tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon. The kinds of people who take part in forest bathing often note that they are inundated with over 10,000 emails each day, spend up to 18 hours online each day and in some cases, even experience physical symptoms from stress, such as itchy hives.

The Wilderness Awareness School's retreat takes place over a stretch of 40 acres of forest area. After doing away with the distractions of technology, some of the rituals inside the forest include playing games like "blindfolded ninja" to sharpen one's senses and connection to the natural world.