Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term for "taking in the forest atmosphere". Being outside where you can breathe in the sky, feel the trees and rocks and soil, and be comforted and invigorated - this is the magic of nature. In your week, have you had a chance to be outdoors? To balance work/life and feed your soul, take time to go outside, with the intention of experiencing nature.
One way you and your family can do this is to go foraging. Collect pine cones, fallen leaves, acorns, branches, rocks, and moss. Now let your imagination kick in. Find scraps of wood, and with some simple woodworking tools, create a fairy bed, or sofa, or house. Embellish with found objects.
At the end of the day, you will have realized you were outdoors, connecting with nature, AND connecting with the family and a collective imagination. You were taking in the forest atmosphere.
As the fairy folk now grace your backyard with their magical presence, you can spend even more time outside to discover new ways of shinrin-yoku.
See our course on making a fairy garden to get the kids outside!