Terra, Your Personal Forest Bathing Guide

Emily Torpey
Visual Communication

College
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

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Emily Torpey

Terra, Your Personal Forest Bathing Guide

In the 1980s, the Japanese government introduced the practice of Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) to help their citizens suffering from increased stress from urban living. Forest bathing is the practice of bathing your senses in the atmosphere of a natural setting & focusing on particular aspects of nature for improved health. The practice has now been adopted worldwide, thanks to its success in Japan & the scientific research that supports nature’s positive effects on human health & happiness. Today, many feel stressed as a result of the pressures of modern living. We are also increasingly cut off from nature & spend little time outdoors. From surveys, I found that 62.5% of people feel stressed from everyday life & urban environments. 87.5% said they had not heard of the practice (in Ireland) & 100% of respondents stated that spending time in nature was important to them, but they found it hard to fit it into their lives. My solution was to create Terra, a service that would raise awareness about forest bathing by enabling people to learn & experience the practice by themselves. The Terra app recommends nearby forest bathing routes, so you can easily forest bathe anytime & anywhere! The app provides step by step on route guidance in the form of prompt cards, making it easy to learn the practice. The app can be downloaded from the Terra microsite, which has a curated list on the scientific research behind forest bathing. Posters in town promote pop up forest bathing sessions to help engage the public further & postcards people receive as part of the session display relaxing images of nature & amazing facts about forest bathing! Finally, the Terra social media promotes the app, forest bathing & posts upcoming forest bathing events, so users can forest bathe together!