Bengaluru Company Offers ‘Forest Bathing’ Experience At Cubbon Park For ₹1.5K, Gets Ridiculed

Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing, is a peaceful practice from Japan where you spend time in nature, usually in a forest. It’s not about taking a bath in the traditional sense, but rather immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the forest. You walk slowly, breathe deeply, and use all your senses to connect with the natural world around you. It’s like giving your mind and body a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Studies show that spending time in nature like this can reduce stress, boost your mood, and even improve your overall well-being.

However, a company in Bengaluru is capitalizing on the idea of Shinrin Yoku and giving the experience to potential customers for Rs 1,500 at Cubbon Park – a public park in the city where entry is free.

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The name of the company is Trove Experiences and they are selling a ‘Forest Bathing Experience’ online.

“Our day-to-day lives in the city can get pretty stressful, and finding a dedicated time and place to reconnect with nature, free from all the noise to hear your own voice can be quite a challenge. Shinrin Yoku, or the Japanese art of Forest Bathing is an immersive, silent and soulful walk into the forest from where you emerge feeling more centred. This experience will involve a guided forest walk infused with wholesome nature-related activities,” reads their website.

The entire package includes “open rounds of sharing and listening to help attain different perspectives.”

Several people online found this ridiculous because Cubbon Park isn’t even a forest, so does it even qualify for a “forest bathing” experience? Also, one can go to one of these parks, lie on the grass and hug trees for free!

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