atest press release from Wicklow Partnership, issued on Saturday, October 23rd 2021…
County Wicklow Partnership and Wicklow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) are delighted to announce the launch of Wicklow Forest Bathing on Friday the 29th of October 2021.
Forest Bathing in Wicklow is a new collaboration between a group of specialist guides in Co. Wicklow, Ireland who each bring their own unique vision and skill set to their work. This pilot eco-tourism training programme initiative was developed by Co. Wicklow Partnership, Ecowellness Consulting and funded under the LEADER Rural Development Fund 2014-2020.
The launch programme will take place at the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs from 10.30am to 1pm. It will consist of a brief presentation on the benefits of Forest Bathing, a reading from special guest Irish poet Jane Clarke and a short immersive Forest Bathing experience within the beautiful grounds of the hotel.
Forest Bathing is a process of relaxation to reduce stress and help reconnect with nature. Forest bathing was developed in Japan as a national health programme. The simple method of being calm and present amongst the trees, observing nature around you, with all your senses, whilst breathing deeply has been proven to help boost health and wellbeing in a natural.
Forest Bathing comes under the umbrella of nature-based solutions for health and well-being. There is currently an international focus on the development of new green jobs in forest-based care for both the ecotourism and green care sectors.