Originating from Japan, Shinrin-yoku (Nature and Forest Therapy) is an evidence-based preventative and therapeutic health practice of immersion in forests and other natural environments, with the aim of promoting mental and physical health while at the same time being able to enjoy and appreciate nature.

You can now book a two or three-hour guided Nature Therapy tour in any one of the three botanic gardens in New South Wales, designed to support your mental and physical health and help you reconnect to nature!

The tours are very popular so book your spot early!

The next session at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney is on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

Since the pandemic, people are more stressed, anxious, and depressed and have chronic health conditions. Guided Nature and Forest Therapy walks provide a pathway for people to regain their health, feel safe and supported, learn and remember how good it is to immerse in nature and rest from all that consumes us in our daily lives. The Nature Therapy tours invite participants to take time out of their busy lives so they can slow down and connect with the calming and health-giving benefits of nature.

Immerse into the green at the Royal Botanic Gardens Nature Therapy Tours
In nature, we find silence and tranquility, yet nature has its own language by which it speaks to those who are paying attention. By listening to nature’s song, we discover a world different from our own, where everything flows slower, yet always with purpose.

During the two-hour tours in the quietest sections of the gardens, you will be guided through a sequence of nature connection practices. There is no expectation of what you should do, experience, or receive. Rather, guides simply encourage and support participants to immerse in nature through their senses, looking, listening, exploring, noticing and feeling with a quiet and accepting presence.

These curated activities support us to really slow down, allow the senses to open and experience the environment in ways that deepen the reciprocal relationship between people and nature. The Nature Therapy walk concludes with a Japanese-inspired tea ceremony, with an opportunity to share and reflect on the experience.

Book your spot at the Australian Botanic Gardens for January 15 or February 12, 2023

These slow wanders in the gardens are no more than two kilometers and are suitable for all ages and physical conditions.

Nature Therapy at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Book for the next tour in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens on January 21, 2023

Forest Therapy Guides gently support participants through a sequence of nature connection activities to wonder slowly, mindfully and in appreciation of nature.

Nature Therapy at the Australian Botanic Gardens
Sitting with nature at the Mount Annan Botanic Gardens
Nature Therapy Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Book your spot for a relaxing walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on Dec 18, or early in 2023 on Jan 8 or February 5.

Taking a walk in nature has healing power for our minds and souls. We don’t ask anything from nature, yet nature gives us silence, peace, harmony and beauty, without limits. Walking in nature is an efficient therapy for our stressed, fast-paced lives.

For private inquiries and group bookings, please contact programs.info@botanicgardens.nsw.gov.au