Studies reveal that people are healthier and happier when they connect with nature and spend time outdoors. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan recently launched a new initiative to encourage visitors to take time out of their busy lives and slow down by experiencing a Nature Therapy Walk.
Originating from Japan, Shinrin-yoku (or forest therapy) is a preventative health practice that improves wellbeing by immersing your senses in nature. This guided experience is designed to increase your mental and physical health by reducing stress levels and lowering your pulse and blood pressure. The Nature Therapy Walks guide walks participants through a series of sensory experiences, mindfulness, quiet aware walking and nature appreciation to help promote relaxation.
In the city
Starting from the Visitor Centre near the Botanic House Restaurant at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, guests will be guided through the Rainforest Walk and historic Palm Grove. The Japanese-inspired tea ceremony is in the stunning Wildflower Meadow alongside butterflies, and the soothing sounds of birdsongs.
In the mountains
Starting from the Visitor Centre at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, guests will be guided through the Lady (Nancy) Fairfax Walk through the calming canopy of The Jungle. Along the walk you will experience the beauty of Blue Mountains Basalt Cap Forest, an endangered ecological community. The meditative activities will be alongside giant tree ferns, sassafras and blackbutt trees.