Shinrin-Yoku or Forest-Bathing

The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku, or forest-bathing. To bathe yourself in a forest means immersing your senses in a forest. While giving the eyes a rest, you tune into your other senses: listening, breathing in smells, touching. This sounds rather “tree-hugger-ish”, but there’s a growing body of science that supports the therapeutic effects of spending time in the woods.

Atlanta is called the “City in the Forest“. Clue Ride seeks tree canopy. Sometimes the forest is the destination.

Earning the Shinrin-Yoku badge will carry you through shady arbors, down tree-lined trails, and take the long way through the park. There might be a Champion Tree or two you’ll need to hug as well.