Think of the feeling you get when you walk out of work after a long day, step onto the patio on a summer’s night, or take those first few steps onto a beach. Your shoulders begin to relax and the tension in your neck falls away, along with the stress of the day, week, or month.
Nature has this effect whether or not you realize it – being outside makes you feel good.
There are numerous studies that investigate the real health benefits of "forest bathing" – another old practice-cum-new trend in a world that is increasingly disconnected from nature.
Call it what you like – forest bathing, forest immersion, or simply going for a walk – the act of reconnecting with nature yields many benefits. It's an opportunity to establish connections. To gain new perspective. To simply feel good.
Full disclosure: we're in on the secret. As it turns out, spending more time in the forests at FortWhyte Alive might just change your life.
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Your body will thank you. You'll create space for mindfulness. Perhaps most importantly, spending more time outside will provoke a visceral connection with the planet. The act of spending time in nature allows us to remember that we are not outside of nature, but we are nature.
From this place of connection we are better equipped to understand the environmental challenges we collectively face – and work toward solutions and to create a more sustainable community.
So how can you reconnect?
Visit us! FortWhyte Alive is your destination to experience the natural world, without having to leave the city. You don't have to be 'busy' during your visit to FortWhyte Alive. Simply stop by for a stroll on your lunch break, bring a book, or just sit by the lake and enjoy the view.
Starting in June, we are switching to our extended summer hours. For June, July and August, we are open until 8 pm on weeknights, Mondays through Thursdays.