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    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    Have you heard about forest bathing? The Japanese tradition of “shinrin-yoku” is a mindful practice of feeling a sense of peace while in nature. Forest bathing is a soothing practice to feel our connection to the earth and ourselves, simply from the act of a slow walk in the woods. 

    Sound dreamy? This restorative, simple tradition for the soul has boasted many wellness benefits – from improving mood, energy, focus and immune functioning and reducing stress and blood pressure. 

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    As forest bathing grows in popularity, it’s important to remember that any green space is an excellent setting to practice this tradition. But, for the dreamers out there, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite worldwide destinations we’d love to practice shinrin-yoku. Here are 9 dreamy destinations for forest bathing from around the globe.

    Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

    The western district of Kyoto’s dense bamboo forests house many zen Buddhist temples in their quarters. Sound like a dream? That’s because it pretty much is. The sunlight trickles through the long, stemmed bamboo trees and the sound of the clinking woods as the wind flows is otherworldly. Be sure to come early in the morning to find some peace and solitude. 

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    Black Forest, Germany

    The mystery and intrigue of the Black Forest is reason enough to book a trip to Germany – but adding the element of forest bathing is a perfect excuse to wander through the beloved, baffling forest.

    Humbolt Redwoods State Park, California

    The great, giant Redwoods would make any person feel small – but there’s a real sense of peacefulness that comes from dwelling in their presence. Sometimes, all you need is some perspective to realize just how metaphorically and physically small your problems are. 

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    Olympic National Park, Washington

    The tall fir trees that dot Olympic National Park tower over forest bathers basking in the dappled light from above. Washington’s only temperate rainforest is home to some incredible greenery – from ferns, moss, spruces, maples, and lots of moisture from its many inches of rain it collects. 

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    The Highlands, Scotland

    The mountains and pine forests of Scotland’s wild Highlands are a mysterious landscape, perfect for mindful practice. 

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    Crooked Forest, Poland

    Poland’s Krzywy Las forest is a mystery. No one really knows the real reason behind the curvy trunks of the trees. No matter what caused their strange growth patterns, the Crooked Forest is unlike any forest in the world. Find yourself exploring the strange phenomenon and be transformed by its oddity. 

    Na Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii

    The clifftop trails of Na Pali Coast State Park are the perfect place for island goers to escape to. 

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee 

    The 816 square miles of trees and rivers, rolling fields and dense forests that encompass the Great Smoky Mountains are a delight for hikers and forest bathers alike. A morning walk within the national park will reveal incredible wildlife and peace of mind.

    9 Dreamy Destinations For Forest Bathing

    Giant Forest Sequoia National Park, California

    Named after John Muir, Giant Forest in California has the largest collection of enormous sequoia trees in the world. To walk through them is like a homage to the epic beauty of this world. Travelers who take part in forest bathing here should not miss the General Sherman, the largest living being on earth by volume. 

    Where do you dream of taking part in forest bathing? What are some of the most beautiful forests you’ve walked through?