Category: Mindfulness Vacations

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What a great joy – Liguria retreat 2019

Liguria Shinrin-yoku Retreat

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Prep trip to Liguria, Italy

Here we are, at Gli Orti di Bertin, near Campo Ligure, Italy. This is the venue for our next Shinrin-yoku retreat the last week of May. We came to finalize the last few details and mark the trails we’ll be using during our 7 days in this beautiful land. Today we walked along the river Gorzente which will be one of our trails in May. … Read More Prep trip to Liguria, Italy

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First Weekend long Shinrin Yoku Retreat

We just held our first weekend long Forest Therapy retreat in Bavaria, Germany. The weather was absolutely amazing, sunny and relatively warm for this time of the year. Still lots of snow so we did the entire trail on snow shoes. This added a certain adventure component to it all. It was loads of fun and everyone had a great time. Some participants selected … Read More First Weekend long Shinrin Yoku Retreat

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Okutama Town

My next stop was the Okutama Forest Therapy base near Tokyo. At about one and a half hours by car from downtown Tokyo, we find this picturesque town by the Tama river. Thick forests on both sides of this river valley as far as the eye can see. I later learned that this area has 97% of its area covered by forests. Being closer … Read More Okutama Town

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Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 2

The pilgrimage route through the Togakushi shrines is located in the forested mountains northwest of Nagano. Togakushi is considered to be a spiritual mountain with five shrines along the trail, each representing a different God character from the mythological story of Japan’s creation. The 3 main shrines in Togakushi, a lower, a middle and upper one, are connected by a few kilometers of forested … Read More Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 2

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Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 1

For the day after the Otari Shinrin Yoku session, I arranged a tour in Nagano Town of a famous Buddhist temple, the Zenkoji temple and a Shinto pilgrimage route with several shrines along the way, the Togakushi shrines.  Fortunately I had the same guide as the day before, Naoko, she was amazing. I learned a lot from her about the two main religions in … Read More Nagano – Temple, Shrines and giant trees – Part 1

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Glimpse of Tokyo

When I got to the hotel, near the Hamamatsuchō Monorail Terminal, I got my first big surprise, the Reception desk staff were fully functional, life-size ROBOTS!! In any rate, once I scanned my Passport, this machine, next to the robot, delivered the card that was my room key, got a couple of instructions from the “guy” on the left and away I went to … Read More Glimpse of Tokyo

Forest Bathing or “Shinrin-Yoku” now on Airbnb!

We are so proud of our Airbnb Experience Forest Bathing or “Shinrin-Yoku” experience. It has been a great introductory month. We’ve had people from Europe, Asia and North America. Great reviews, people are loving it! See it here: https://www.airbnb.ca/experiences/229973 Find out more here: https://universe-mindfulness.com/portfolio/forest-therapy-bavaria-germany/