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Forest Bathing at Osmosis

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FOREST BATHING

By Michael Stusser

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.

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 spa environment could be an especially effective gateway to an optimal forest bathing experience.

“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.

Also, we invite you to check out this related article on The Harmony of Nature and You.

Rumi’s Caravan – A Benefit for The Center for Climate Protection

Join us in the Osmosis meditation garden for an unforgettable summer evening with fine wine, music, inspired poetry, and an artisan dinner.

Masks are required at this outdoor event to maximize safety.

The evening will begin with a premiere wine and hors d’oeuvre reception followed by a gourmet dinner created by food artist Isa.

The evening will be highlighted by Rumi’s Caravan, a Sonoma County tradition that invites guests to be lulled and inspired by ecstatic verse — some ancient, some contemporary – learned by heart, spoken with passion, and accompanied with improvisational music. Poet Kay Crista says, “What we want to do is welcome people to this oasis, it’s a place to slip out of the weariness of everyday living and just be nourished by the reminder of the deeper aspects of what is to be human and alive. We want to rekindle the wildness of the heart in a world culture where nature has been beaten into submission.”

And to top it all off, the evening will benefit The Climate Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. Working with business, government, youth, and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, The Climate Center makes it easier for people to address climate change and ensure that future generations can continue to live, work, play, and thrive on this extraordinary planet. They provided the impetus for Sonoma Clean Power which has grown to provide Community Choice Energy to over 5 million people in California, reduced greenhouse gas in Sonoma County by 11%, and save $62 million in local consumer electricity rates. All proceeds to benefit The Center For Climate Protection.

Caravan poets include Kay Crista, Larry Robinson, and Doug von Koss accompanied by guest poet Rebecca Evert. Accompanying musicians will be announced soon. Together they will celebrate the world’s cultural and spiritual traditions with the sublime power of performance poetry.

5 – 6 pm – Wine and hors d’oeuvre on the front lawn

6 – 7 pm – Dinner by Chef Isa

7 – 8:00 pm – Performance by Rumi’s Caravan

8:15 – 8:45 pm – Deserts

Register!

Home Care Rituals for Deep Sleep – Spa Vitality Retreat

deep sleep spa wellness workshop
Join us in this dreamy workshop where you will learn a variety of self-help tools for helping you to fall asleep and to sleep more deeply.

To fit everything into our busy lives, we often sacrifice sleep. Too often, we feel over-scheduled or over-stimulated, making it difficult for our nervous system to wind down and our minds to calm for sleep. Adequate sleep is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle and can affect both mental and physical health. It is vital to our well-being!

  • Body and breath awareness practices
  • Herbs and essential oils to calm the mind
  • Acupressure points to help you sleep deeply
  • Meditation techniques to prepare for sleep
  • Self-massage techniques for deeper relaxation

This All Day Vitality Boosting Retreat includes a 75-min. Massage, Cedar Enzyme Footbath, Organic Lunch & Informative Self Care Presentation!

“Sleep is the most important meditation, not for nirvana, but for survival!” — The Dalai Lama

Raizelah BayenRaizelah Bayen is currently the Training Coordinator at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and the founder of Open Pathways Institute for Integrative Massage. She has been practicing and teaching healing arts for almost 30 years. Raizelah is certified in not only massage and acupressure, but also herbology, aromatherapy and yoga instruction. Her passion is teaching an integrative approach to healing in both her wellness workshops at Osmosis, and in her training classes for massage therapists.

Her workshops are well-organized and packed with self-care techniques that are easy to use at home, accessible for even the lay person. She is available for on-site workshops and massage trainings. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or class taught by Raizelah, please email her at openpathwaysmassage.com

Unwind with Home Practices for Stress Release – Spa Vitality Retreat

stress relief workshop at Osmosis
This full-day spa vitality retreat will delve into practical holistic approaches to self-care for stress management.

It is no secret that stress is abundant in our modern-day culture. While the human body is capable of adapting to and performing under stressful conditions, the truth is that chronic stress takes its toll on our health and wellbeing.

You will walk away with skills in releasing tension from the body, calming the nervous system and transforming your response to stress while enhancing your well being.

Topics Include:

  • Meditation Practices for Centering
  • Techniques in Chinese Self-Massage for Clearing and Calming Tension
  • Application of Essential Oils to Relax the Nervous System
  • Self-Acupressure Points to Restore Balance
  • Adaptogenic Herbs to help the Bodymind Recover from Stress

Ready to De-Stress? Please Join Us!

This All Day Vitality Boosting Retreat includes a 75-min. Massage, Cedar Enzyme Footbath, Organic Lunch & Informative Self Care Presentation!

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Raizelah Bayen is currently the Training Coordinator at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and the founder of Open Pathways Institute for Integrative Massage. She has been practicing and teaching healing arts for almost 30 years. Raizelah is certified in not only massage and acupressure, but also herbology, aromatherapy and yoga instruction. Her passion is teaching an integrative approach to healing in both her wellness workshops at Osmosis, and in her training classes for massage therapists.

Her workshops are well-organized and packed with self-care techniques that are easy to use at home, accessible for even the lay person. She is available for on-site workshops and massage trainings. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or class taught by Raizelah, please email her at openpathwaysmassage.com.

Winter Solstice Ritual

winter solstice sound healing

A team of healers and musicians will gather in the meditation garden to conduct a sound healing ceremony. The intention is to bring all in attendance into coherence, connection and stillness.

Join us to meet the magical energy of solstice as we open a portal into the profound.

Afterward, there is an additional opportunity to extend the healing experience in a small group with sound therapy while partaking in an Enzyme Footbath.

The Cedar Enzyme Footbath follows immediately after the garden ritual.

Tickets are an additional $15 – Limited Availability.

Entry fee of $15 can be applied to any same day service.