Can it help us heal from climate-related trauma? These forest therapists say yes

Every day on his morning walk, Phil Stubbs stands still for at least 10 minutes.

He notices the sound of a bouncing gray kangaroo, fairy robins scurrying along the path or the common blue-tailed damsel whizzing through the air, which he says tastes like eucalyptus.

The Congo resident on the New South Wales South Coast is practicing forest therapy.

Forest therapy guide Phil Stubbs has given himself permission to slow down and notice things more.(ABC South East NSW: James Tugwell)

Forest therapy, or forest bathing, is the therapeutic practice of immersing the senses in nature often with the help of a guide.

Originating in Japan in the 1980s, it is becoming increasingly popular in other countries with scientists studying its health benefits and accredited courses for practitioners.

“We need nature to feel whole and human,” says Phil.

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