Forest Therapy – Bavaria, Germany
Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing
95+ participants, all 5 star reviews.
You have most likely experienced it yourself, how good it feels to spend time in a forest.
The Japanese know it as Shinrin-Yoku or “Forest Bathing”. It is considered there as a form of preventative medicine and it refers to routinely immersing oneself in the forest, attentively and mindfully, reconnecting with its nature through the senses.
Decades of research performed by several scientists from major Japanese Universities have found overwhelming measurable evidence of physiological therapeutic effects as a direct result of this practice.
We do take it up a notch by mixing in mindfulness practice and meditation to allow for each individual’s spirituality to enhance the healing effects of the forest.
We offer great weekend packages, including specifically designed mindfulness and sensory exercises along the trails. Lodging, meals, fun and also time for solitude and contemplation are all included.
Retreat under the canopy
Either for the entire weekend, or a single full day session, participants can experience the splendor of the forest accompanied by specifically designed mindfulness training and guided meditations.
We have developed sensory exercises which will enhance the whole forest immersion experience. The techniques we use are specifically designed to open the mind and body to fully receive the healing benefits of the woods. These Forest Bathing techniques will be a long-lasting take away for participants who can utilize them on their own future nature walks.
Our program encourages a mindful exchange with the forest environment through an evolving series of “stations”. All exercises were crafted to help participants deepen the connection with nature through the senses.
Our weekend package includes full board accommodations, home cooked meals with home-grown ingredients and/or regional organic products. Transportation to and from the nearest train station, evening outdoor group bonding activities such as bonfires and experience sharing.
Dates for 2019:
Single Day Sessions:
Single Day Option
Forest therapy techniques, training and practice, guided meditation sessions. 4 hour forest bathing practice on 10 stations along the trail, specifically designed to fully absorb the benefits provided by the woods. Includes packed lunch and take away Shinrin-Yoku kit.
Single day option: 75 € /person
Full Weekend Forest Retreat Option
(Limited spaces available)
Accommodation: 2 nights. Arrival on Friday evening and check out on Sunday at noon.
The first night, our guests will stay at our Country Home for Mindful Living, a very popular Airbnb destination. After welcoming guests and settling in, we will serve a fixed menu home-made dinner. Before bedtime, we’ll have a meditation session in our beautiful seminar room.
On Saturday morning we will provide transportation to a vast forested area 15 minutes from our Country Home further into the heart of Bavaria. We will stay at a horse farm-house surrounded by a large forest. The amenities include outdoor jacuzzi and a wooden sauna cabin under the trees.
After settling in, we will begin with our first day Forest Therapy tour along a pre-selected trail through the surrounding woods and along the crystal clear Mangfall river. We’ll enjoy homemade hot soup and sandwiches in the forest. After the forest bathing exercises, we’ll head back to the farm-house for some hot beverages, a nice indoor fire and treats followed by a short meditation session.
Our guests will now be free to use the jacuzzi and sauna for the rest of the evening. The sauna experience will be enhanced by aroma therapy with our forest essential oils we brought from Japan.
Dinner will be freshly made in a family atmosphere and enjoyed together at a large table. Some time after dinner, guests can do a session of star-gazing in the jacuzzi, weather permitting.
Next morning, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll have another Shinrin Yoku session with a new set of exercises. Afterwards, a light lunch, a closing meditation session with a Q & A session. Once completed, guests will be driven back to the nearest train station to return to Munich.
All-Inclusive Meals & beverages:
Mediterranean recipes, freshly home cooked, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks provided during morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks. A packed lunch will be offered for the forest walks.
Selection of tea & coffee. Bottled water. Selection of Italian or Spanish wines or choice of regional Bavarian beer will be included with dinner at no extra cost. Selection of non-alcoholic beverages also available.
Shuttle service between Darching train station and our Country House for Mindful Living in Weyarn, and the Horse farm-house.
Accommodations & Meals Price for the weekend: 195 € /person
Forest Therapy and Mindfulness Component
Mindfulness and forest therapy techniques, training and practice, guided meditation sessions in our seminar room at the Country House and along the way on the forest walks. Reflection activities and nature meditation practices. Handouts and take home tools to ensure this experience has a long-lasting positive effect on all participants.
Mindfulness Practice Price per weekend: 195 € /person
Weekend Package Total: 390 € /person