Silke Weil visits an urban forest looking for relaxation, less stress, connections with nature and new insights.

The promise

The Japanese have long believed in spending time in the woods to benefit the body and soul, and now the Western world is catching on.

Forest bathing is believed to have a hugely positive effect on your psychological and physical health, helping with relaxation, stress levels, an improved connection with nature and, perhaps, even discovering new insights to take home.

Despite its name it doesn't involve water, unless if it's raining, of course.


It's the practice of going into nature and

The history


The science

The reality

The verdict