Forest bathing and tree hugging in the Orne department

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Nicolas Laurain proposes personnalized forest bathings and tree huggings in the Perche (Normandy). Smartphones and telephones are off during the outdoor walks.

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It is through genuine dialogue that Nicolas choses the appropriate place of walk, through his deep knowledge of the Bellême forest, the different tree species and properties: oak, ash, hazel, moss, Scot pines, mountain-ash or beech, secrete different phytoncides and essential oils(*), perceived by the human senses.

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The forest bathing begins by a silent walk so that everyone can relax by breathing. Then the different senses are stimulated: the different shades of green known as the calming colour for sight, the sounds of the nature for hearing, the pytoncides and essential oils for smell.

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Several outdoor experiences are proposed following expectations: blindfolded tree hugging or walk barefoot on a moss carpet, what mattered is to reconnect with oneself.

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Nicolas Laurain explains: "It is the forest which "do the job", I am only here to make the link between the people what the forest has to offer."

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(*) cf book "Au Bonheur des Arbres", mai 2018, Terre Vivante Collection 
Photos of the trees © David Commenchal-Tourisme 61, photos of Nicolas Laurain © Nicolas Laurain-Florence Delcourt

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Thursday 17 January 2019, 09:52