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Forest Bathing at Berkeley

Beautyberries, Callicarpa americana, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley (11/24/18) Sandy Steinman

On Wednesday (Nov. 28), Hana Lee Goldin, a certified forest bathing guide, will offer a series of “guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.” For more info or to register, CLICK HERE.

That’s a very Berkeley way of saying that she’ll be introducing visitors to forest bathing.

Called “shinrin yoku” in Japan where it was defined, forest bathing helps reduce stress and improve cognition and emotional well being. It involves slowing down and opening up one’s senses to the beauty around us. 

East bay naturalist Sandy Steinman did a bit of forest bathing of his own, Saturday, as a light rain wet the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Here are his images.