Shinrin-yoku: Taking in the Forest Atmosphere

Shinrin-yoku is forest therapy. Just being in the forest is medicine, no action required. Developed in Japan in the 1980s, it’s become a component of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine and is a movement beginning to take hold in the US. With phrases like “Nature Deficit Disorder” becoming more common, we think it’s time extol the power of nature and in particular, the power it has to calm us, center us and plug us in – not to our phones, but to our senses. Opening our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch bridge the gap that’s ever-widening between us and our natural environment. The Lancaster County Conservancy has preserved 6,228 acres of wild land in Lancaster and York Counties. I urge you to wander around to find your perfect spot and just sit back and enjoy being part of nature…if only for a while. Happy trails!

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