forest bathing
n. Time spent in a forest or similar natural setting.
forest bather n.

Example Citations:
One study published in January included data on 280 healthy people in Japan, where visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect has become a popular practice called 'Shinrin-yoku,' or 'forest bathing.' ... The scientists found that being among plants produced 'lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure,' among other things.
—Anahad O'Connor, "The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity," The New York Times, July 6, 2010

According to Gibson, "We've lost our sense of belonging and our reverence for nature." ... In his view, it's time for human beasts to get back to where we once belonged. You can start by visiting a forest and experiencing the therapeutic effects of what is called "forest bathing."
—Martin Knelman, "Beasts get their due in Gibson's book," The Toronto Star, December 16, 2009

Earliest Citation:
How about a "forest bathing" wedding ceremony? These are the dreams of Arayama.
—Asahi Shinbunsha, Ronsetsu Iinshitsu, "Vox populi, vox dei, Volume 59," January 1, 1984 (approx)


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