Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.

This project aims to bring The Mersey Forest into the heart of the city and demonstrate the power of nature, our ‘Natural Health Service’, to provide an oasis of calm, an opportunity to catch our breath and our thoughts; ready for the day ahead.

Come to Williamson Square, Liverpool on 26-27th June and take a 10 minute break from your busy life schedule to experience for yourself the healing power of the infinite pop-up forest bathing pod.

Designed by BCA Landscape for The Mersey Forest as part of the wider Urban GreenUP Project, in conjunction with Liverpool City Council, The University of Liverpool and The Liverpool BID Company.

Built by the Royal Court set-building team and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Urban GreenUP project.









The scientifically-proven benefits of spending more time in woodlands or forests:

• Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
• Reduced blood pressure
• Reduced stress
• Improved mood
• Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
• Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
• Increased energy level
• Improved sleep

The objectives of this initiative are:

1. To increase public awareness and acceptance of forest therapy, and other practices that mobilize the connective and healing power of nature.
2. To establish areas of natural forests on public lands as designated sites for forest therapy activities, such as walking and meditation.
3. To transform our cultural relationship to forests through fostering deeper relationships and positive experiences with forested areas.


To find out more information on our forest bathing pods please contact hello@forestbathingpod.com