Forests Heal Us, Should We Not Heal Them Too? 

A filmmaker is trying to increase awareness about the healing properties of forests.

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Can wilderness tame the mind’s anxiety? Can stress dissolve in fresh air? Does a flowing brook have any effect on pain? Forests have healing powers, Korean and Japanese societies believe – they even have therapy forests to treat their citizens for chronic illnesses.

Closer to home, Nitin Das – a filmmaker who is trying to increase awareness about the healing properties of forests – has started a collective, Healing Forest. Through the medium of film, he is trying to get people to start building a symbiotic relationship with forests.

(Photo Courtesy: Nitin Das)
(Photo Courtesy: Nitin Das)

Nitin shot this film in various places – in the forests of Shimla (Himachal), Kumaon (Uttarakhand) and Arunachal (Menchuka Valley).

In the modern age, our connection with nature is getting lost rapidly. As a result, feelings of isolation, incompleteness and impatience are increasing. We have also seen that mental issues and chronic illnesses are on the rise. Healing Forest is a journey to discover the magical healing powers of nature. To find ways to reconnect people with nature. Our aim is simple. Helping people heal. Helping forests heal. 
Healing Forests
I was inspired by the therapy forests of Korea and Japan, and an article that I read in the National Geographic about the positive effect nature and forests can have on our minds and bodies.
Nitin Das, Filmmaker

Ask him if humanity’s relationship with forests is selfish, and he agrees. We have always taken from the forests, he says, never given anything in return. On that note, Healing Forest’s motto holds promise – helping people heal. Helping heal forests.

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