Guided Nature Walks are currently not offered for Spring/Summer 2021.

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In the meantime, here are a few tips from Tom to try shinrin yoku on your own without a guide.

Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing, photo by Michael Borg
photo: Michael Borg

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum

Tom Bezek, Trained Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Ages 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-yoku (translation: 'Forest Bathing'), a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer:

  • Learn through guided awareness exercises
  • Discover how the process can awaken your senses and calm your mind
  • Leave feeling refreshed and encouraged to try shinrin yoku again!
  • Select "Full Moon' sessions allow you to enjoy the cool beauty of a moonlit evening in the  Arboretum while practicing Shinrin-yoku. "Full Moon" sessions take place after most of the public has left the Arboretum grounds, when you are likely to find more solitude.

Please watch this 2-minute video prior to registering in order to gain a better understanding of what to expect from a session of shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum.


  • Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum will not necessarily take place in a forest--this meditative practice can take place anywhere in nature.
  • Arboretum location will be chosen at instructor's discretion The Arboretum is a public place; solitude from other visitors is not expected nor guaranteed.
  • Shinrin-yoku walks celebrate all aspects of nature and will run rain or shine unless the conditions are deemed too dangerous by the Arboretum.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Be prepared for possible sun burn, insect bites, or allergy conditions. Where appropriate please bring necessary repellents, protection, and medications.
  • Learn how you can try Shinrin yoku on your own if you are practicing social distancing.

Shinrin-yoku does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum do not engage in the practice of medicine, nor enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship. Please discuss your personal health with a qualified health practitioner.


University of MN course CSPH 5642 Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics

Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor's Orders

The Human Relation With
Nature and Technological Nature

Natural environments and mental health

This Is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic - read the article

The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' is scientificially proven to be good for you

Forest Bathing Studies: Why You Need To Start Today!

Introduction to Shinrin Yoku

Introduction to Forest Therapy and Shinrin Yoku

What is Forest Therapy?

This Is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic - watch the video

Real Fountain Of Youth | Forest Bathing Learn about "killer cells"

Crazy Circle Illusion a video about perception

Earth Compared To The Rest Of The Universe a video that will blow your mind about our insignificance

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