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Episode 39 – Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) to Center Your Soul

First Generation - One of Many 04/04/2022 764


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    Episode 39 – Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) to Center Your Soul
    First Generation - One of Many

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) to Center Your Soul

Mindfulness and wellness have become discussion topics and practices for many over the past two years. However, for many others the two have been part of cultures, or individual lives for thousands of years. On this episode, we have an enlightening and insightful discussion about shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”) and how you can take part in various ways in Chico.

The physiological and psychological exercise emerged in Japan in the 1980s to offer offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout and to inspire residents to reconnect with and protect the country’s forests. Shinrin-yoku has emerged as an effective practice to reduce cortisol,  positively impact blood pressure and adiponectin, a protein that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Some research suggests exposure to natural tree oils helps lift depression and also reduce anxiety.

Our Guests

Blake Ellis

Blake is the program manager of the Ecotherapy Program, a brand-new project with Chico State Enterprises that works in partnership with the University’s Ecological Reserves, the WellCat Counseling Center, and Chico State Basic Needs. She graduated from California State University, Chico with her Master’s in Social Work in the spring of 2021 and is also a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). In her work, Blake seeks to take a post-anthropocentric view of environmental and social justice by supporting her community in processing trauma, grief and by rebuilding connections to place, nature, and each other. 

Josh Trout

Exercise was an effective part in Josh’s personal growth as a child and teenager, Josh decided to study Physical Education in community college and then Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at the University of Illinois. He has been a professor at Chico State since 2003. His mission in life is to share the gifts of wellness with the world. 

John Aull

Jon is currently the Outdoor Education Coordinator for the CSU, Chico Ecological Reserves, designing and delivering outdoor education programs for schools, the university, and public. He has a master’s degree in Parks and Natural Resources from Chico State and has been a naturalist in the Chico area for over 20 years. 

Resources & Recommendations:

Shinrin-Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li 

When the Forest is your Therapist, with Ben Page – Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (Podcast Woo Knew)    

Nature and Forest Therapy  (Website Association of Nature & Forest Therapy) 

Your Guide to Forest Bathing by M. Amos Clifford      

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art Review
Article from International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 

Sit Spot Wellness (Wellness Guide) 

Calendar for Forest Therapy Experiences (April & May 2022)

Paradise Lake 

Sunday, April 10th Registration Link (1:30 pm – 4:00 pm) 

Regularly scheduled ON CAMPUS (Chico State)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 12:30-1:30 pm.  

April 5th Registration Form 

April 19th Registration Form 

Experiences for Individuals & Families Facing Severe Illnesses: 

Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful 

Cedar Grove – Lower Bidwell Park Saturdays (9:30 am to 10:45 am) 

April 16th Registration Form 

May 7th Registration Form 

Full Moon Forest Bathing at the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

Thursday, April 14th Registration Link (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) 

Friday, May 13th Registration Form (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)  

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