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Publisher's Summary

The definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness.

Notice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society, we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional time around trees - what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing - can promote health and happiness.

In this beautiful audiobook, Dr. Qing Li, the world's foremost expert in forest medicine, shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer.

Once you've discovered the healing power of trees, you can lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, leave everyday stress behind, and reach a place of greater calm and wellness.

©2018 Dr. Qing Li (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Li offers ‘a wealth of data that proves’ that shinrin-yoku can reduce blood pressure, stress, and blood-sugar levels.... This isn’t any mundane walk in the woods.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“The definitive guide to a Japanese therapy that says that mindful, intentional time spent around trees can reduce stress levels, boost mood and creativity, and even help you live longer.” (BuzzFeed)

"Such a lovely book.... And Li’s writing is wonderful. ‘I am a scientist, not a poet,’ he explains, as he writes poetically about the science of trees.... The book beautifully explores the science of forest medicine - and goes into great detail about how to practice shinrin-yoku.” (TreeHugger)

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absolutely loved

I am in love with this book and we'll be listening to it again purely to take notes. I feel so inspired to share this with my friends and family, as well as start leading my own forest bathing walks. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, stress, or any form of inflammation.

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Very Inspirational

This book was a validation and inspiration of hope for the future of trees. I have spent the entire of my life connected in some form or way to nature. As a child, I sat in the forests, alone all day, watching life unfold before me. I studied , horticulture, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and art in order to stay connected to nature during the times I lived in cities. This book speaks of all of these activities as medicines for the heart, mind and spirit, and that we can all access this healing natural pharmacy no matter where we live.
Dr. Qing Li writes with simplicity, instruction, kindness and hope to guide you through the understanding of the great importance and necessity of our trees.
I would highly recommend this book.

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An amazing discovery

Dr. Li did a terrific job explaining forest bathing, and the science behind it, in a way that’s understandable and inspirational. This is a book that I’ll read again and again.

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enjoying the naturescape

I have been incorporating nature based themes to my practice with children for over twenty years. Enjoyed the intricate way nature is woven into wellness in this audible. Enjoy (if you are in to the practicality of nature/wellness).

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priceless

this book was very useful with giving me information on how to use trees to heal and promote overall positive well-being

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Wonderful book

Now I better understand my connection with the forest. I will be listening to this again when I am able to take notes.
Thank you ☺

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Great book!

Absolutely loved this book not only for the content but also the performance! Really well done!

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I really enjoyed this book. So much that I bought a hard copy half way through listening, to reference key points and research. I worked on a forest bathing trail today, March 21st. Then later today I finished the book, hearing the author say that March 21st was declared international day of forests! Who knew!? I’ll be recommending this book to many people.

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Highly Recommend

One book I will definitely read over and over. Read it for you, your kids and your grandkids - gift as many as you can!

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Essential Reading.

Love it! My health is very sensitive to nature and this book explains why.