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Your Guide to Forest Bathing
Experience the Healing Power of Nature
M. Amos Clifford
ISBN: 9781573247382
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
$14.95
5 x 7
192 pages
B&W line drawings throughout
April 1, 2018


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“John Muir once said, ‘between every two pine trees is a doorway leading to a new way of life.’ Now Amos Clifford has given us a beautiful and inspiring guide inviting us to seek out the trees and let the healing happen, both for us and for our beleaguered ecosystems. Grab this book and head outside.” —Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

“A joyful and insightful invitation to reconnect with forests. Amos Clifford is an outstanding guide to deepening our relationships within the community of life.” —David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and Pulitzer finalist, The Forest Unseen, Professor, University of the South

“In this book, Amos weaves a precious tapestry of practical details, poetic imagining, and historical perspective on the practice of forest bathing. It’s a delightful read that leaves you yearning for intimacy with nature.” —Sylvie Rokab, award-winning filmmaker, Love Thy Nature

"If we are to survive and hopefully thrive as a species, Amos Clifford’s book is a must-read. Clear and insightful, his writing is pure poetry. Our relationship to Nature can be renewed and Forest Bathing shows us how." —Rosita Arvigo, author of Rainforest Home Remedies and Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer

Forest bathing is a gentle, meditative practice of connecting with nature. Simply being present, with all of our senses, in a forest or other wild area, can produce mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. It is a simple, accessible antidote to our nature-starved lives and can inspire us to become advocates for healing our relationships with the more-than human world. This book is both an invitation to take up the practice of forest bathing and an inspiration to connect with nature as a way to help heal both the planet and humanity.

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan, forest bathing is known as shinrin-yoku. Studies there have demonstrated a wide variety of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.

In Your Guide to Forest Bathing, Amos Clifford draws on four decades of wilderness experience to introduce readers to the medicine of being in the forest. Learn about the roots of the practice, how to deepen your relationship to nature, and how to begin a practice of your own. Practical matters such as finding a suitable trail and what to bring are also included.

M. Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, an organization leading the movement to integrate nature and forest therapies into health care, education, and land management systems. He has been a student of Buddhist philosophy for over twenty years and is the founder of Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, CA.
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