Join us for an in-depth session on findings from a year-long forest bathing research study in Vancouver. While our cohort is well-versed in the practice of forest bathing, research in a Canadian context is limited. This discussion will focus on how the study, modelled after Japanese research methods, applies to our population, considering the region’s environmental conditions and diverse vegetation. Gain valuable insights into how empirical research in our unique setting deepens our understanding of forest bathing’s impact on health and well-being.
Tara is a Hummingbird (cohort 76) and a PhD candidate at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, focusing on the intersection of forests and public health. Her research includes a randomized controlled trial on the effects of guided and self-guided forest bathing on blood pressure, heart rate, and mood in Metro Vancouver urban forest parks across four seasons, considering environmental factors and vegetation. Besides her academic work, Tara is a seasoned entrepreneur and non-profit leader with a history in California and Tokyo, specializing in STEM education and environmental monitoring.