Welcome to Mayu's Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing Walk) 森林浴

Enjoy Nature like never before

Introducing Mayu’s Forest Bathing

Stress seems to be synonymous with life today, even before Covid 19 hit.

It has been well documented that with unchecked stress comes a whole raft of health issues, including depression, anxiety, hypertension, heart disease and sleeping problems.
(Source: Black Dog Institute)


Shinrin-Yoku, forest bathing, is an immerse experience in nature that reduces stress and can improve your health.

What is Shinrin-yoku ?

"Shinrin" means Forest, "Yoku" means Bathing. Shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day.  You bathe in the environment of the forest, using all your senses to experience nature upclose. It is a simple natural therapy which has been done for many years.


With Shinrin-Yoku, trees provides fresh oxygen so you can take a deeper breath and the green colours of the leaves sooth your eyes, sounds of birds calm the noise in your head and you feel the breeze on your skin.

Why we feel so good when we forest bathe ?

Firstly, in ancient times, nature was our home. We lived and spent most of our time there.
That memory is deeply embedded in our DNA. So when we return to nature, we intuitively feel at home, with a deep sense of peace and relaxation.

Secondly, forests produce a chemical called phytoncides which activate Natural Killer cells that improve our immune system and are known to fight disease in our bodies. These benefits can last up to thirty days. (If you want to know about more of the science behind this read this article.)

Thirdly, when we are in forests we are surrounded by Negative Air Ions.

These are molecules floating in air that have been charged with electricity. They exist in nature near waterfalls and the ocean shore. Negative air ions help calm our nervous system and create lasting relaxation, whilst lowering stress levels and blood pressure. Read all about it here. There is always water somewhere along the way in all of Mayu’s Shinrin-yoku experiences!

Enjoy a three hour experience in nature where you will take time to slow down, immerse and breathe in the

forest with all your senses. 

Great to reduce Stress. 

Safe - it's outdoors, with social distancing.

In a very short time you enter a relaxed state of mind !

Benefits of Shinrin-yoku

* Increased relaxation response  

* Lower stress levels  

* Improves the quality of sleep  

* Improvement of weakened immunity  

* Improves the quality of life and a feeling of well being  

* Increases in the count of natural killer (NK) cells which are known to fight disease 

* Reduces sympathetic nerve system and increase parasympathetic nerve system 

* Potentially reduces the cost and strain of health services that caused by stress-related illness 


An enjoyable and new experience !

Initial 10 mins found already relaxing and mindful. Tai Chi breathing exercise was great.

— Brendan

Chose the best walk for you !

Shinrin-yoku Walk 

This Walk is done at different forests around Sydney lower north shore.

Complimentary Japanese tea and light snacks will be provided at the end of the walk.

Suitable for :


Group of friends or Family.

Personal Shinrin-yoku Walk

This walk is designed to help to improve your state of physical and mental wellbeing.

Mayu will customise your walk based on your specific needs and assess the improvements over this period.

Suitable for:


Shinrin-yoku Retreat

The Shinrin-yoku Retreat will help you gain physical and mental well-being balance, through focused immersion in a natural environment. 

Suitable for:


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Disclaimer :

Please understand that Shirin-Yuko is a supportive tool for your health that offers many benefits such as relaxation and feelings of well being.However, it is not designed to be a substitute for medical advice from your medical practitioner, nor does it claim to be curative of any medical conditions you may have.

Prior to attending this program please consult your physician for personalised medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider if you have any concerns.


Meet Mayu Kataoka

Certified Foreset Therapy Guide & Photographer

Mayumi Kataoka is a Sydney based Tree photographer & Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Certified by Japan Forest Therapy Society - Japan).


Originally born in Japan, Mayumi moved to Sydney in 2003 after falling in love with Australia when working as a volunteer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.

Mayumi has been developing her photography skills to capture the Australian native plants – especially Eucalyptus and other trees. The raw and unique beauty of Eucalyptus trees represents the quintessential Australian landscape and that greatly inspires her photographic works.

Over the past 10 years the path of Mayumi's  "trees & nature" photography has led her to a new career as a "Forest Therapy Guide" where she offers therapeutic & mindfulness nature walks to a range of  people and organisations.


  "I really believe that nature already knew the reason as to why I have been so involved with tree photography.  During this period, nature has been talking      to me through a multitude of experiences, sights, sounds, touch and the scent of the forest.  She has taught me so much and I believe she chose me for this new career,  for which I am so grateful.

  I am excited to be able to share the wonderful journey of Shinrin-yoku now as an official guide ! "

Mayu Kataoka

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