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Summer Oak trail walk – the practise of Japanese Shinrin-yoku

Where:DA Aldgate Centre
Do you know you can enjoy a forest walk in London? Enjoy the summer weather and join us for a journey in the enchanting forest in London. Feel the heart of nature at our Summer Oak Trail in the Epping Forest. A perfect escape from the city, promising a day of exploration, tranquillity, the great outdoors and some good laughs.

Event Invitation

Discover the secrets of ancient oaks, breathe in the crisp summer air, and listen to the melodies of woodland creatures. Epping Forest is a former royal forest on the border of Essex and Greater London. This ancient woodland is home to everything from grassland to heath, rivers, ponds, and wildlife, making it perfectly located for a day out away from the city. While London is home to some amazing green spaces, it always feels as though you’re never too far from the skyscrapers. Epping Forest, though, with its dense woodland and abundance of wildlife, feels like a true getaway from the city.

The Oak Trail walk isn’t practically challenging and it takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete. There are pubs and cafes to rest and stop for refreshment along the way. This is also a perfect chance to meet fellow students, practice your language skills or just simply enjoy the beauty of nature.  

Details of the event
  • Date: 27 July (Saturday)
  • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Where:  Epping Forest
  • Who: All are welcome! 
  • How much: FREE, but please book your ticket or RSVP for better organising.
  • What to bring : Water, proper walking boots as the path can be muddy
If you are a Dear Asia Student
You must be a current student to attend the event free(required)

Cultural introduction

Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” is a Japanese practice that involves immersing oneself in nature to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Originating in Japan in the 1980s, Shinrin-yoku has gained global recognition for its therapeutic benefits. The practice encourages individuals to slow down, engage their senses, and mindfully connect with the natural world. By spending time in forests or natural environments, participants can experience a range of health benefits, including reduced stress levels, improved mood, enhanced immune function, and increased creativity. Shinrin-yoku is not about hiking or exercise but rather about being present in nature and allowing its sights, sounds, and scents to soothe the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. As modern life becomes increasingly fast-paced and urbanized, Shinrin-yoku offers a simple yet profound way to reconnect with the healing power of the natural world.