A report on the topic of Forest Medicine from Germany

Last Updated:July 22, 2020

German forest health expert Dr. Melanie Adamek and OPTIMUM Medien & Service GmbH, a publishing company specializing in health communication, invited Dr. Qing Li for a working visit to the southern German metropolis of Munich in late November 2019.
Dr. Adamek is also the author of the German standard reference book on forest therapy “IM WALD SEIN. The natural answer to stress and lifestyle related diseases” published in 2018.
On the sidelines of this visit, OPTIMUM organised a Shinrin Yoku Walk with Dr. Adamek and Dr. Li in the Munich's world-famous English Garden for a group of enthusiasts.
Dr. Aran Tomac, psychiatrist, with extensive clinical experience in nature and forest based therapy, from the Medical School of University of Limerick in Ireland, took part in the session as well.
German television reported on the Shinrin Yoku Walk (
It received great attention in the other German media as well, i.e. a news magazine published in the north of Germany (see pdf). Dr. Adamek, Dr. Li, Dr. Tomac and OPTIMUM envisaged forest therapy to be implemented in regular healthcare service in Germany.
For this purpose they founded the “IM-WALD-SEIN Academy”, which focuses on the medical healthcare practictioners and allied professions.
Activities are being introduced with strickt adherence to the Public Health Authority's guidelines with regard to Covid-19 pandemic.

(Reported by Dr. Melanie Adamek)
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