Forest Bathing as a Mindful Tourism Practice

Jelena Farkic, Gorana Isailovic, Steve Taylor

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Abstract

In the troubled times in which we currently live, the tourism industry has called into question a need for more responsible social practices and more mindful utilisation of natural environments. The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, has not only become a new wellness trend, but also a great potential for deeply immersive tourist experiences. While there is a wealth of studies examining the positive effects of forest bathing focussing principally on its medical benefits, this qualitative study extends these debates through documenting lived experiences of forest bathers. In so
doing forest bathing suggests its latent potential to offer a profoundly mindful experience, and aims to situate this practice more prominently within the tourism discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100028
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights
Volume2
Issue number2
Early online date5 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Forest bathing
  • Shinrin-yoku
  • Wellbeing
  • Forest tourism
  • Mindfulness

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