The term, “Forest Bathing” is something of an umbrella term that covers a diversity of techniques much as the term “Yoga” does. The practice of forest bathing originated out of the Japanese practice, Shinrin-Yoku which in English translates to Forest Bathing.
Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. It is inspired by Shinrin-Yoku. Forest therapy includes a clearly defined sequence of events. There are many wonderful health benefits attributed to forest therapy, including boosted immune function, improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, attention restoration and a reduction in stress and depression. Forest therapy differs in many ways from Wilderness therapy, most notably forest therapy is non prescriptive and is much shorter in duration with guided walks typically lasting 2 to 3 hours.
Wilderness therapy typically refers to a treatment modality that uses expeditions into the wilderness or other unfamiliar surroundings as a means of addressing behavioral and mental health issues. Participants in wilderness therapy typically sign up for long periods of time such as weeks to months where a therapist is working on specific treatment goals or behavioral interventions. Wilderness therapy has been used for treating substance abuse and other mental health challenges. Intuition Trails is not wilderness therapy.