22/23 July 2017

A weekend not to be missed: full immersion in nature and an experience of the benefits of the woods on our health. Gift yourself a “Forest bathing” trip and discover the wellbeing that a walk in the woods can give you. After exploring the beech woods in Upper Valsessera you’ll feel reborn. The active ingredients released by the leaves stimulate the immune defense and reduce stress and depression by creating a flow of positive energy. A unique opportunity to find mental and physical relief in fascinating woodland surroundings.

Guided experience of an ancient Japanese practice whose benefits on immune system have been proven by recent scientific studies. Marco Nieri and Marco Mencagli have carried out a specific study in Oasi Zegna beech forest, creating three path rings that give benefits to the body for several weeks. During practice we will perform some simple Yoga  breathing exercises (Pranayama) to activate the body's ability to inhale the beneficial volatile substances emitted by the trees.


With Marco Nieri and Alessandra Pergreffi

The activity will take place as a regular light trekking. Saturday evening conference about beneficial effects of trees, Sunday experience in the woods.

The practice of Forest Bathing originated in Japan and is very common in a number of countries in the Far East, where it plays an important role in preventive medicine. Walking in and exploring the woods, especially if they have certain biological characteristics, reduces stress and depression,lowers blood pressure and pulse rate and makes our immune system more effective.
A study of the vegetation in the Upper Valsessera by Marco Nieri (ecodesigner-bioresearcher) and Marco Mencagli (agronomist) has scientifically demonstrated that the beech woods in Oasi Zegna have a high capacity to release volatile substances (monoterpenes) from their foliage and this has a beneficial effect on our immune defense.