All Things Gardening forum: Forest Bathing - a bit of woo-woo

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 3, 2017 10:14 AM CST
My cousin recently told me about shinrin-yoku which is also known as forest bathing. I have always felt peaceful in our back woods, and plan to set up some comfortable spots to stop. I'm thinking simple benches and chairs, maybe small wooden platforms (it's pretty damp out there most of the year).

http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/sh...
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Sep 3, 2017 3:18 PM CST
Sounds lovely!
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 3, 2017 9:39 PM CST
One of my favorite stopping spots is at the edge of a swampy area that is filled with Devil's Club under planted with ferns. It is quite pleasing to the eye, just don't venture too close...
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 4, 2017 3:23 AM CST
My yard is way too public even with the fence. I envy you the shower...
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Weedwhacker
Sep 4, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Don't you have a lot of mosquitoes out there, Deb? Blinking
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Sep 4, 2017 11:32 AM CST
My tiny 15 acre parcel seems too small for this concept, but.... After reading your profile description....
Seems that you've managed to squeeze an awfully lot of concepts into the 15 acres that you've been blessed with...

I spent a lot of time this summer looking for a spot in the sticks where the eye gnats and house flies gave me a break, and then placed a comfortable lawn chair in those locations.... Until such time as the pests showed up....

Still hoping to find a spot to set up the grill where the flies from the chicken factory farm next door would give me a break.... But.... They follow smoke for some reason.... Just lighting a brush pile attracts them!

But.... I like the concept of spending time in the woodland as a meditation.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 4, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I don't have many mosquitos. We do get an occasional hatch, but I am able to pretty much leave my windows and doors open most of the summer. I'm just not all that bugged by bugs I guess. Of our 15 acres, the front 5 is mostly fields, the house, and pond, with an ever expanding aspen grove, cottonwoods in the riparian area of a seasonal drainage creek, and random smallish evergreen groups. The back 10 is all native woodland, and that is where I would like to be able to embrace the forest. We have tractor roads that meander here and there primarily for harvesting firewood, lots of ferns and berries, mature evergreens, vine maple. It's quiet and peaceful back there. The major down side is we constantly battle beavers, who flood the creek crossing to the point that the only way to access the back is with the tractor or tall boots. I'd sure like to solve that problem - happy enough to co-exist with the beavers but they really should be nice enough to leave the road dry enough to be useable.
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lauriebasler
Sep 5, 2017 12:18 AM CST
We do have the most amazing woods, Deb!
Name: greene
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greene
Sep 5, 2017 9:05 AM CST
stone said:My tiny 15 acre parcel seems too small for this concept... I like the concept of spending time in the woodland as a meditation.


No yard is too small.
I lived in a mobile home on a lot that was only 75 feet by 125 feet and I managed to create what I called my "Mini Woodland Garden". It was a very peaceful place, lots of shade, zero views of the road or neighboring trailers.

In 2009 I started planning the "mini woodland garden"; look just behind the white trellis:
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After a ton of work the small shaded garden was ready to enjoy. Here are photos from October and November 2013.
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(I apologize because there always seems to be a garden hose in every photo. *Blush* )
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 5, 2017 9:13 AM CST
Lovely.
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dirtdorphins
Oct 9, 2017 2:23 PM CST
Indeed nodding
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did not even know there was a term for it, but we bathe at least weekly
daily, if you count the excursions to less forested other wild places on the hillsides or way out in the valleys...maybe that could be showering Hilarious!

Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Oct 9, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Deb - does one do forest bathing au naturale?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 9, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Sounds a bit prickly to me, but do it however you are most comfortable.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 9, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing :rofl:
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Freedombelle
Oct 10, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Greene, you are so right, no yard is too small, when I lived in a mobile home park in California mine had ZERO yard, yet I planted in containers and could spend hours out there. BTW, you did a awesome beautiful job with yours!
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Oct 10, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Bonehead said:My cousin recently told me about shinrin-yoku which is also known as forest bathing. I have always felt peaceful in our back woods, and plan to set up some comfortable spots to stop. I'm thinking simple benches and chairs, maybe small wooden platforms (it's pretty damp out there most of the year).

http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/sh...

Sounds like a wonderful idea, go for it and enjoy life!

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!

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