Recently I went on a short trip to Melbourne for two reasons :
To visit and discover beautiful forests for Shinrin-yoku (Forest-bathing).
Meeting with Susan Love - In My Nature, Melbourne (VIC)
Susan is such a lovely lady. We met at Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria, where she conducts weekly "Forest Therapy (Shinrin-yoku)" .
She took me to the location where she usually starts the walk and we did some activities together. My experience with her walking in a garden was educational and relaxing.
We talked about our mutual passion for the Forest therapy as we enjoyed walking around the garden. We both are so excited for the possibility of collaboration and to work together in future . Most importantly the potential of Shinrin-Yoku !
Visiting and Discovering beautiful forests for Shinrin-yoku
My first stop was at Olinda, at Mt. Dandenong Ranges. There are lots of nice walks around that area. I took a walk around where I stayed and discovered a small path the led into the forest. The entrance was very welcoming so I decided to walk on the path.
As I entered I instantly felt the calmness and sense of "home" .
The fresh green colours encouraged me to walk through and after a few minutes of walking my mind was already placed into a deep relaxed state with no effort at all.
It was not a main walk trail path in this area and known by the locals so it's a bit of hidden gem ! Emerging from the tapestry of green foliage the forest of tall Mountain Ash trees appeared. It was like giant perfectly formed tall sculptures reaching to the sky.
The inside of the forest was airy and lots of light glistening through the trees. The canopy above and the almost perfect spacing of these majestic trees made the path easy to walk.
What made this forest so special to me was the flower field spread on both side of the walk path.
I instinctively stopped . I was completely immersed and connected to the forest. I thought this kind of forest is a perfect for Shinrin-yoku.