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The origins of forest bathing

June 28, 2018

You’ve probably seen some of the many articles being published on Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing. But this meditative practice isn’t just the latest trend in health and wellness—to understand the origins of forest bathing, we must understand how Japanese culture and the Japanese aesthetic support a unique relationship to nature. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, one of the leading experts […]

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What is Shinrin-Yoku?

June 28, 2018

Simply put, shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. Learn more about the science behind and benefits of forest bathing with international expert and author of Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, Yoshifumi Miyazaki.

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An interview with Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Shinrin-Yoku

June 28, 2018

Yoshifumi Miyazaki is one of the world’s leading experts on forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of connecting deeply with nature. Here, Miyazaki shares his journey from an inquisitive child to the renowned educator and researcher he is today.

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The significance of trees in Japanese culture

June 28, 2018

Perhaps because such a large part of the country is populated by forest, trees are particularly revered in Japan, and exemplify the relationship of “man in harmony with nature.”

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Bringing the forest closer to home

June 25, 2018

Not all of us have access to a natural forest where we can harness the benefits of forest bathing on a regular basis, so how can we use the wonderfully relaxing effects of nature to improve our health and wellbeing wherever we are?

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Tips and Tricks for Gardening Indoors

June 25, 2018

It doesn’t take much to go from a casual home hobbyist to an indoor gardener. Here are some principles from horticulture expert Leslie F. Halleck to get you started:

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Is my window bright enough?

June 25, 2018

My window is bright enough, right? New indoor growers ask this hopeful question all too frequently, and it often leads to disappointment.

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An interview with Leslie F. Halleck of Gardening Under Lights

June 25, 2018

“Once you begin acquiring houseplants, it’s easy to catch the plant-keeping bug. For many, keeping plants offers up an opportunity for caretaking—especially if you can’t own pets—and it’s very gratifying.” —Leslie F. Halleck

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Debunking the most common myths about dry gardening

June 7, 2018

Drought, drought, and more drought—dry weather, of course, is to be expected in many regions, but it is only getting worse. Luckily, botanist, biologist, and educator, Nan Sterman is here to debunk the most common myths about gardening in low-water conditions.

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Planting a dry bungalow garden

June 7, 2018

This pink storybook bungalow is a study in designing with a careful eye and restrained hand. Nan Sterman walks us through the colorful renovation and garden design of this 1930s-era bungalow in the college area of downtown Santa Rosa, California.

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