Nature's Healing Embrace

Forest Bathing in Boulder

Forest Bathing near St Julien Hotel & Spa

Forest bathing is based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which is rooted in the concept of taking in the forest atmosphere by slowing down and connecting with the nature. A short, quiet walk in the woods, focused on meditation and introspection instead of trying to climb the tallest peak or achieve a record workout, allows you to make a deeper connection with the world around you as well as your own thoughts and emotions.

Forest bathing places an emphasis on soaking up your natural surroundings:
-     The sights of the squirrels scampering across the trail, the height of the towering trees and the way the sunlight touches the world around you.
-     The sounds of the leaves rustling in the wind, the birds calling to one another and the crunch of branches beneath your feet.
-     And, the smells of the fallen pine needles, the oils in the tree bark and the musty earth below.

Step outside of your comfort zone and give forest bathing a try on a trail near St Julien Hotel & Spa today. 

5 simple steps for forest bathing

1. Leave behind your phone, camera or any other distractions, so that you can be fully present in the experience.
2. Leave behind your goals and expectations. Wander aimlessly, allowing your body to take you wherever it wants.
3. Pause from time to time, to look more closely at the foliage or notice the sensation of the path beneath your feet.
4. Find a comfortable spot to take a seat and listen to the sounds around you. See how the behavior of the birds and other animals changes when they become familiar with your presence.
5. Stay as quiet as possible. Resist talking until the end of the walk.

Our favorite spot for forest bathing: Flagstaff Mountain 

Flagstaff Mountain offers tall trees, incredible views and spectacular wildlife watching. Rocky outcrops provide opportunities for moments of reflection and relaxation. 
For other recommendations, visit Travel Boulder at www.travelboulder.com/take-a-hike

How to get there

Head west on Canyon Dr. toward 9th St. (121 ft)
Turn left onto 9th St. (1.1 mi)
Turn right onto Baseline Rd. (0.5 mi) 
Continue onto Flagstaff Rd. (2.9 mi)
Turn right onto Flagstaff Summit Rd. (0.6 mi)
Turn right and park

 
 

What to Bring 

-  Comfortable shoes.
-  Seasonally-appropriate, comfortable clothing.
-  Additional layers as temperatures may change.
-  Sunscreen and chap stick.
-  Water and snacks.