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Forest Bathing at Osmosis

by Michael Stusserforest bathing shinrin yoku

Beyond our daily routines and to-do lists the world goes on with or with out us. The world of nature is generating its serene healing energy abundantly all the time if we could simply open ourselves to receive it. When, where and how we make our connection to this larger-than-human world is part grace, part circumstance and partly up to us. As we drive back and forth continuously in our cars and in our minds between the same points daily, our connection with nature and ourselves can unconsciously erode to the point where we hardly know much at all about our true selves.

The Big Question

What could one do in the time span of a day to go deep into a direct experience with nature and inner truth? We have been turning this question for over 30 years as we have developed our facilities, grounds and the way we serve at Osmosis.

From day one a core intention has been to create a meditative environment. The deep level of relaxation from spa treatments opens the door to greater sensory awareness, quietude and receptivity to present moment.

Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a relatively new movement that is growing rapidly in Japan and around the world. The lead proponent in the United States is Amos Clifford, founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. He has provided training to establish programs at several different spas. The spa environment could be an especially effective gateway to an optimal forest bathing experience.

Amos has worked as a wilderness guide since 1972, pioneered eco-therapy programs connecting troubled teens to nature, worked in the arena of Restorative Justice and is the founder of Sky Creek Dharma (Zen) Center in Chico.

Shinrin-yoku” is a term that means, “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. 

We have always known this intuitively. But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. By breathing in the essential oils produced by trees (known as phytoncides), forest bathers can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and restlessness. These organic compounds support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system.

Forest therapy approaches such as Shinrin-yoku have roots in many cultures throughout history. John Muir wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.” He is one of many people who can be included when we think about the origins of the practice.

Forest Therapy combines leisurely walks on gentle paths under forest canopy with guided activities and meditations to help you open your senses, hone your intuition, and experience the forest, as you never have before. It draws upon mindfulness meditation practices, and the techniques of deep nature connection mentoring. The Way of Council for group discussions is also used at several points along the walk, to help participants learn from and teach each other.

Evolution for Expanded Awareness

Blending spa treatments with elements such as mindfulness practice and focused nature experiences such as Forest Bath present an exciting evolution for expanded awareness. As pioneers in the wellness and vitality movement, we at Osmosis look forward to providing special opportunities for individuals to make their connection to the larger-than-human world of nature.

amos clifford**The inaugural day-long spa Forest Bathing retreat at Osmosis with M. Amos Clifford, the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Along with Nicole Daspit, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide took place in 2016. Amos facilitated a series of invitations that progressively deepened connection with the more-than-human world of nature.

His perspective is that the forest itself is the therapist; as a guide, he opens the doors of sensing, embodiment, and presence that allow the forest to come into a person’s consciousness and do its healing work. We will be breaking new ground by combining the tension releasing benefits of our unique Cedar Enzyme Bath, 75-minute massage and a specially tailored program of Forest Bathing combined with time in our tranquil meditation garden.

Check our Event Page Here for our next Forest Bathing Retreat!

Sunrise Summer Solstice Ceremony

Come celebrate the elements and join us in deep ceremonial journey with the waters of the pond, the rocks and the magical sacred landscape of Osmosis’s garden sanctuary.

Together, we will honor the power of the earth and the blessings of her majesty.

Summer Solstice- Celebrating the fertile, hot, and illuminated aspect of Ra, the creator Sun God and the season of fertile growth.

Amplified by the rays of the sun- the seeds and intentions we planted in the spring now continue their growth and development. How’s your inner life growing? In what ways are we following through with the values and core intentions we hold inside with the choices we make ever day- with each step, each word and each deed?

Summer Solstice invites us to clarify and stand in full sun-being willing to let the Divine light shine strongly, so that all parts, the heart of innocence and the warrior can stand together illuminated by divine source energy. What part of our shadow can we allow to be illumined, seen, held and transformed? How can we maximize the coming harvest by nurturing the seeds we’ve planted?

Join us on Monday morning at 7am for a bright and powerful Community Ceremony with Elizabeth Moriarty, healer, counselor and community leader. Elizabeth is a master ceremonialist, facilitating people in the Direct Experience of divine source energy, sacred presence and loving kindness. www.Elizabethmoriarty.com

We will fill the garden pond area with the mystical sounds of Tibetan bowls sacred bells and the resonance of a planetary gong.    Coupled with natural sounds of the ponds and native wildlife our guests will be transported to the deeper inner self.   There is no greater journey then the one within.  Each molecule, each cell of our body carries a frequency. In optimum health, our body sings a song of vitality, balance and harmony.  The power of the instruments and their frequencies helps to fully relax us and unlock tightly held blocks in our bodies .

This event is Free –  No Reservation Required 

Global Wellness Day

Participate in this world-wide initiative aimed at promoting wellness!!! Osmosis Day Spa is partnering with the dyhana Center in Sebastopol to host a panel discussion: “How can health and wellness businesses work synergistically to achieve a higher level of vitality in our community “

“Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social platform created by volunteers dedicated to living well. Wellness Day which brings together exercise, healthy eating and sipritual teachings, is a social movement that will raise awareness of living well throughout the world. It is a step that can ignite the flame of happiness burning throughout the world. It is a special opportunity to bring together the wellness world in a sacred mission.”

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A Tour of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

A meditative journey through Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary with music and ambient sound. Lyrically photographed and magical. Take a look inside this beloved getaway destination in West Sonoma County. Includes cedar enzyme bath, meditation gardens and tea ceremony. Nestled in the most magical part of northern California, this spa is a favorite destination in Sonoma wine country.