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Forest bathing therapy offers path forward in times of stress and climate trauma, nature guides say

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Forest bathing therapy offers path forward in times of stress and climate trauma, nature guides say


Every day on his morning walk, Phil Stubbs stands still for at least 10 minutes.

He notices the thud of a grey kangaroo bouncing, the fairy wrens darting across the path, or the common blue-tail damselfly zipping through air that he says tastes like eucalyptus.

The resident from Congo on the New South Wales south coast is practising forest therapy.�

A man leans against a tree.

Forest therapy guide Phil Stubbs has given himself permission to slow down and notice things more.(ABC South East NSW: James Tugwell)

Forest therapy, or forest bathing, is the therapeutic practice of immersing the senses in nature often with the help of a guide.

Originating in Japan in the 1980s, it is becoming increasingly popular in other countries with scientists studying its health benefits and accredited courses for practitioners.

“We need nature to feel whole and human,” Phil says.



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