Shinrin Yoku I

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

I grew in Mazury, part of the former East Prussia, a region famous for its unspoilt nature. My childhood and adolescence were closely related to the mysterious Masurian woods, dark and fascinating, where I always felt observed by the Erlking. Thereafter, I would explore the countless forest paths in the hilly Tricity Landscape Park around Gdansk. And for the last few years: the enchanting Norwegian woods, with its fairytale-like charm, soft and welcoming. My daily walks through the nearby forested hills in Ålesund have become a meditative ritual, soothing and healing. For each step I take deeper into the woods, I would feel more and more united with it, sharing the breath and the pulse with this complex organism.

Shinrin yoku translated from Japanese means taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing. This is how I would experience going through the woods: immersing in it with all the senses.

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