Peaceful, Zen Retreat (set in a beautiful rainforest beside bubbling
creek) on the Gold Coast, Australia
- Location: Springbrook Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
- 15 mins away from Gold Coast's world famous beaches and resorts
- Recommendations can be provided for any required nearby
- 20 mins away from Coolangatta airport, 50 mins from Brisbane
Doctors Prescribing Time Outdoors
At least 4 new studies suggest that connecting with nature
improves our minds and moods. But you already knew that,
The benefits of spending time in forests was extensively
researched in Japan in the 1980s. Researchers there found
that just two hours in the woods could reduce blood pressure
and stress hormones and boost concentration and memory.
Further, chemicals released by trees called phytoncides
actually boosted the immune system. The practice of forest
bathing, or shinrin-yoku, then grew into a national health
program in Japan. It has since spread around the world, with
sessions offered in parks from London to New York.
Today, a growing number of Doctors are prescribing 'Time
One doctor who was inspired by Louv's book was Dr. Robert
Zarr, a Washington, DC pediatrician who started a nonprofit
called Parks Rx America to make it easier for doctors to
prescribe time in nature. The site has mapped and rated
parks in the DC area and allows doctors to find parks near
Dr. Qing Li, who wrote ‘Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help
You Find Health and Happiness’, provides the below primer in
the practice. Try this out next time you find yourself
stressed out and near some green space.
“First, find a spot. Make sure you have left
your phone and camera behind. You are going to be walking
aimlessly and slowly. You don't need any devices. Let your
body be your guide. Listen to where it wants to take you.
Follow your nose. And take your time. It doesn't matter if
you don't get anywhere. You are not going anywhere. You are
savoring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting
the forest in.
The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five
senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose,
mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the
breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the
different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering
through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and
breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste
the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place
your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes
in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the
forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your
sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with
nature. You have crossed the bridge to happiness.”
"To find yourself…be in the moment.. and be
connected.. I have found the key is to be still..
and listen to nature. From that clear space in your
mind you can begin building a rejuvenated self and a
future that has no limits."
-Dr Perry Zeus