For anyone who loves nature, going on adventures, or just being outside, here is a list of words you may not have known to describe these feelings and experiences:


Komorebi: (n) Sunlight filtering through the trees


Dendrophile: (n) A person who loves trees, forests

Waldeinsamke: (n) The feeling of being alone in the woods

Shinrin-yoku: (n) Literally “forest bathing” - A visit to the forest for relaxation and to improve one’s health

Nemophilist: (n) A haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and its beauty and solitude


Yugen: (n) A profound awareness of the universe that triggers a deep emotional response


Tenalach: (n) The relationship one has with the land, the air, the water; a deep connection that makes you one with nature


Petrichor: (n) The smell of earth after rain


Wanderlust: (n) A great desire to travel and rove about


Gökotta: (n) “Dawn picnic to hear the first birdsong”; the act of rising in the early morning to watch the birds or to go outside to appreciate nature


Apricity: (n) The warmth of the sun in winter


Brontide: (n) The low rumble of distant thunder


Gumusservi: (n) Moonlight shining on water


Fernweh: (n) A longing to travel, missing a place you’ve never been


Psithurism: (n) The sound of rustling leaves


Pluviophile: (n) A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days