“Forest Bathing” — or Shinrin-yoku in Japanese — is the new trend in reducing stress and depression, lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity and improving overall mental and physical health.  For those unacquainted with the term, it essentially means taking a quiet, leisurely, mindful walk in the woods.  No water is involved.  Just soaking up the forest “atmosphere.”  That this type of activity would be good for both the mind and body should come as no surprise.  People have extolling the benefits of spending time in nature for centuries and modern studies just keep confirming them.

This year, the UUCGL’s Green Sanctuary Ministry Team will focus on its new theme “Into the Woods,” a celebration both on a global as well as a local level of the Earth’s wood lands and forests.