This undated image provided by Trout Point Lodge in Kemptville, Nova Scotia, shows trees with fall colors on the property. (Trout Point Lodge, Limited, via AP)
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In Japan, it's called "shinrin-yoku," which translates as forest bathing. It's the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being, and interest in the concept is growing, with spas, resorts, retreat centers, gardens and parks offering guided "forest bathing" experiences. These programs take participants into the woods for a slow, mindful walk to contemplate nature with all the senses. Amos Clifford, who founded the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, leads a variety of forest-bathing experiences, from walks in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood, California, to programs at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California, and The Lodge at Woodloch, a resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania.Clifford, who has a background in Zen meditation and in marriage and family counseling, also trains guides in forest therapy. But he's careful to say that forest therapists are not qualified to diagnose or treat mental health issues. Prices for forest bathing experiences range from $30 for Clifford's three-hour walks in Sugarloaf state park to a $199 all-day experience at Osmosis Day Spa, which includes a massage, lunch and footbath using forest products like cedar. At Mohonk, a 50-minute guided forest bathing experience is $160 .
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