Sylvie Rokab, MA,
is an award-winning filmmaker and director of Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson. She is a nature therapy guide trained with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Sylvie seeks to inspire a diverse audience to transform their relationship with nature and ignite a desire to protect our vital and spellbinding more-than-human world.
“Forest bathing” is the translation of shirin yoku, the Japanese practice of mindfully experiencing nature through the senses. In the early 1980s, the Japanese government sponsored several studies that showed that forest immersion has a wide array of health benefits including lowering the stress hormone cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and improving mood and cognition.