UTS HONOURS RESEARCH PROJECT
The term ‘Shinrin Yoku,’ or better known as ‘forest bathing,’ is a popular contemporary practice in Japanese health science. It involves solitary walks through a natural environment whilst engaging intimately with all of one’s five senses. Reaped for its health benefits such as reduced blood pressure and stress levels, improved sleep and clarity of thought and focus, it is widely practised in Eastern cultures. In today’s society, with GPS technology and access to the Internet, printed street directories are a thing of the past. This project repurposes its use through an integration of the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku with existing hiking tracks and walks. It is a series of guided maps that gives suggestions on how to get the best out of Shinrin Yoku at a particular track —in this edition, The Grand Canyon Walk, Blue Mountains. Featuring beautifully written pieces on the benefits of Nature on wellbeing and The Grand Canyon Walk by renowned professor and author, Adam Alter and award-winning journalist and author, Ken Eastwood respectively.**
**This was a Student Honours Research Project. The authors of the references mention below were contacted to have their work included in the project with correct referencing. All rights to the articles included within the project remains with the authors where mentioned within the book.
Eastwood, K. 2013, Top Walks In New South Wales, 1st end, Explore Australia Publishing Pty Ltd, Richmond, VIC.
Alter, A. 2013, ‘How Nature Resets Our Minds And Bodies’, The Atlantic, 29 March, viewed 25 August 2015, <http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-nature-resets-our-minds-and-bodies/274455/>