Forest Therapy

I picked up “Forest Therapy” by Sarah Ivens around the same time that my family moved into a neighborhood that bordered on a large park. Turns out, it was just the right book at just the right time.

Ivens infuses her book with beautiful descriptions of nature that make you want to get outside immediately. She points out again and again how forest therapy is extremely beneficial to our health and offers tons of tips for how to rejuvenate your inner tree hugger. The chapters in the book make it easy to cherry pick subjects you feel strongly about, like getting outdoors with your kids or allowing nature to rekindle the romance in your relationship.

I love a good list, and “Forest Therapy” is brimming with them. Ivens offers everything from book lists to playlists to recipes for natural face masks. I found myself dog earing pages again and again so that I could revisit them with each passing season and take some of her suggestions.

I am someone who loves the outdoors. Still, I realized after reading this book that I could get into nature even more. Since reading “Forest Therapy”, I have found myself reading outside in the twilight hours instead of on the couch, doing my yoga in the grass, and paying extra attention to the plants inside and outside my home. And the park across the street? I am listening to its invitation to visit whenever possible. In a time when we are urged by our culture to be inside more and more, I am so thankful for a voice that reminds us there is another way. If you need that reminder, “Forest Therapy” is the book for you.

*Da Capo Press provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.