Amanda Yik

易琪

Amanda Yik

Former Lawyer, Shinrin Yoku Guide
Expertise: Sensory Exploration

Nature is the therapist. I just open the doors.

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Former solicitor Amanda Yik was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. While suffering from side effects of chemotherapy, taking strolls at a nearby park became her only outdoor activity, allowing her to be temporarily relieved from the mental and physical exhaustion. When Amanda recovered, she took the support from nature to heart and decided to pursue a certification in Australia as a professional forest bathing guide. Not long after, she founded Shinrin Yoku Hong Kong and brought the concept to the city.

Originating from Japan, Shinrin Yoku, also known as forest bathing, is a relatively new concept for Hong Kongers. While forest bathing might be a difficult concept to comprehend right away, Amanda says, the concept may be better understood by explaining what it is not: “It is not a typical naturalist walk. There is no teaching of natural sciences, and this purpose of exploration in nature is not to identify species.” Forest bathing allows attendees to break away from daily lives, slow down and re-establish their relationship with nature through the five senses, body and mind. Amanda’s role is not a therapist or a coach; she is just a guide, and nature is the therapist*. In today’s world where nature is often separated from our city life, forest bathing could be the first step in allowing people to get back to basics, become aware of nature’s existence, bringing them one step closer to our ecology.

*Studies show that forest bathing can aid health complications, including lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as stress hormones.

前律師、森林浴嚮導
專長:五感探索

前大自然才是治療師,我只是打開通往自然的門

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易琪(Amanda)曾是事務律師,2014年患上癌症,化療副作用使她身心虛脫,到公園走走成了她唯一的戶外活動, 讓她暫時忘卻疾病的煎熬。康復後的Amanda並未忘記自然對她的扶持,希望讓更多人認識森林療癒,於是到澳洲接受森林浴嚮導訓練,回港後創辦「香港森林浴」,將森林浴帶來香港。

源自日本的森林浴對香港人來說比較陌生。相對於森林浴是甚麼,指出森林浴不是甚麼或許更易讓人懂。Amanda就說過,它不是「博物」之旅,當中並無自然科學知識的傳授,對自然的探索也非為了辨識物種。森林浴是種讓人抽離日常生活,慢下來,透過身體、五感、内心的感受,與自然重新建立關係的活動。她的角色不是治療師也不是導師,她只是嚮導,大自然才是治療師*。誠然森林浴並非狹義上的「博物」,但在都市生活與自然割裂的今天,把人重新帶到自然中,覺察自然的存在,是基本步。

*有研究指出,森林浴可降低血壓、血糖、壓力荷爾蒙指數等。