Research and Reports
The Forest Therapy Hub is providing standards and conducting research for Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy.
In this section you have access to research, reports and documents on the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for the implementation and development of nature-based solutions that have been developed in collaboration with public and private organizations, NGOs, scientists, forest owners, and professionals from different geographies.
2022 – Standard of Essential Characteristics of Healthy Green Spaces
- The objective of this report is to define a standard of essential characteristics found in green spaces where Forest Bathing guides and Forest Therapy practitioners usually carry out nature-based health and well-being activities.
- The definition of this standard derives from research carried out in 21 countries with the participation of 107 Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy professionals.
- This document will help organisations – public or private entities – in verifying if a green space has the essential characteristics for a Forest Bathing and/or Forest Therapy itinerary.
2018 – Forest Bathing: Impact on the Health of People with Mental Illness
The results of the final report refer to the benefits on the health status of people who have participated in the Forest Bathing sessions implemented in the project:
- Positive trends in the measurements of the impact of Forest Bathing on people with mental illness in dimensions such as emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, community inclusion.
- Significant improvement in the maintenance of a favorable mood and in the regulation of anxiety and stress.
- Improvement in the symptomatology of mental illness, especially that related to reluctance and lack of motivation.
- Greater impact on people suffering from mood disorders: depression, bipolar disorder.
- In both genders the results have been positive, although in women the benefit has been greater.