Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”)

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Whether you call it a fitness trend or a mindfulness practice (or a bit of both), what exactly is forest bathing? The term emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a physiological and psychological exercise called shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”). The purpose was twofold: to offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout and to inspire residents to reconnect with and protect the country’s forests.

The Japanese quickly embraced this form of ecotherapy. In the 1990s, researchers began studying the physiological benefits of forest bathing, providing the science to support what we innately know: time spent immersed in nature is good for us. While Japan is credited with the term shinrin-yoku, the concept at the heart of the practice is not new. Many cultures have long recognized the importance of the natural world to human health.

We could have a green area on Aarhus Ø dedicated for forest bathing. Tall green dense trees (e.g pine trees) and bushes surrounding the Dome of Visions, where you can stop for a cup of coffee or buy a picnic bag. The area shouldn't be flat, but interesting and hilly. This should be a place where it's not about rushing down a steep hill on a mountainbike, or running fast to beat your personal record. This place should be about sensing (pleasant sounds, scents, views), about "hygge", and rehabilitation.

The Dome of Visions could offer a "psykosocialt rehabiliteringsforløb" like Rejsecaféen. The employees in rehabilitiation could furthermore help taking care of the grounds/the forest, and benefit from the peaceful environment/forest bath.

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