Forest Bathing

Tom Court leading a group in forest bathing (shinrin yoku) at Hill Farm, Tintern

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing - Shinrin Yoku

Shinrin Yoku is the Japanese art of Forest Bathing. This meditative practice helps you to switch off, connect with nature and support your well-being.

Evidence suggests that Shinrin Yoku

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Reduces your blood pressure and stress levels
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases cancer fighting cells
  • Is a natural antidepressant.

Prices start from £150 for 2 people and please enquire for groups.

A Forest Bathing group at Hill Farm, Tintern, lead by Tom Court

An Ancient Japanese Practice

This ancient practice was first documented 800BC in the ancient Japanese religion of Shinto; which believes that everyone and everything is connected. Followers spent time in nature to achieve a deep relaxed state and now there are now over 60 national centres in Japan alone.

Hill Farm is nestled within ancient woodlands; and it is a privilege to host the Institute of Shinrin Yoku’s annual training course.

People walking in the woods at Hill Farm, Tintern, during a forest bathing session

Book Your Session

We can organise for groups, couples or individuals to take a sensory adventure in the woods usually lasting around 2.5 hours; connecting you with the natural environment focusing on the sights, smells, textures and tastes to take you to a deep sense of relaxation. The results are well documented and prescribed by health professionals around the world.

Our sessions are recommended by The Guardian

We also offer Shinrin Yoku vouchers as a perfect gift of wellness. Please enquire for more information.

A group walking barefoot during a session of forest bathing at Hill Farm, Tintern

Forest Bathing Enquiries

For more information including prices and availability, please contact us using this form.


Testimonial by Geoff

I have just come back from a yoga and well-being retreat and it was fantastic. The farm is idyllic, and only about 45 minutes from Bristol on a good run. Hayley is a wonderful yoga teacher, technically skilled but very kind and helpful, while Tom's Forest Bathing sessions are a really enlightening experience. The food is fantastic too, and they are the perfect hosts. The only bad thing about the retreat was having to leave on the Sunday!
Retreat Guest

Testimonial by A Happy Guest

I have just come away from a weekend retreat and it was absolutely brilliant. Hayley and Tom are fantastic hosts and couldn’t do enough for us. Hayley’s combination of Yin and Yang yoga, Tom’s forest bathing, and nourishing, tasty veggie food, the eco spa and yurt created the perfect blend of relaxation and fun throughout the weekend. The gong bath and massage were also wonderful additions. Thanks so much!
A Happy Guest
Retreat Guest

Testimonial by Georgina

Peaceful retreat. We took a Shinrin Yoku experience. Driving up through the countryside was a treat in itself, upon arriving we were met by Tom who was immediately friendly and relaxed. Our party was just the two of us and our old dog, we spent hours immersed in the forest enjoying our surroundings led by Tom to quietly connect with nature, our day was dry and sunny but would have been equally as enjoyable in the rain. We came away thoroughly relaxed. Friends asked us why were we paying for a walk in the woods when this can be done for free, to them I say you can walk for free, but this wasn't a walk in the woods it was a Shinrin Yoku experience with a guide knowledgeable and insightful, worth every penny.
Forest Bathing participant