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Dispatches Jun 19, 2019

Why a Walk in the Woods Cures the Blues

Chris Morgan during a forest bathing session at IslandWood, a learning center on Bainbridge Island. (Photo: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer)

About six years ago, ecologist Chris Morgan was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when he picked up a copy of Outside and read the cover story, “Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning." The article, written by Florence Williams, explored the scientific basis for something that Morgan had intuitively felt all his life: being in nature is inherently healing and leaves us feeling more alert, alive, and content. Ever since, he wanted to have his own guided nature experience. For this second installment of our Nature Cure series, Morgan shares a story from his new podcast The Wild, in which he goes forest bathing in the Pacific Northwest, then asks Williams, What happened to me out there?

Why a Walk in the Woods Cures the Blues Podcast