About This Spa Meditation Retreat
This rejuvenating day combines the best elements of spa and meditation. Participants will pause and sit down on this bountiful earth in the peacefulness of the Osmosis meditation garden, cultivating presence and awareness of body heart and mind. This meditation retreat is a well crafted day weaving meditation, spa experiences, connection and quite time in nature in the sanctuary of our 6-acres of secluded creekside meditation gardens.
What to Expect
The program includes sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, a cedar enzyme foot-bath, a customized 75-minute massage, lunch, time for quiet reflection and conversation around how to continue practice in our daily lives.
Chris Fortin is a Soto Zen teacher and a licensed MFT psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor. She began practicing Buddhism in 1976 while living at the San Francisco Zen Center. After many years of practice she received Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer of Everyday Zen, in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She began her private counseling practice in 1985, integrating psychotherapy and spirituality.
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 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.
**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!
Step out of your daily life into a guided exploration of the difference between success and fulfillment. It can be enlightening to understand that success often comes at a price that many of us are no longer willing to pay, especially when we realize that we are sacrificing what truly matters: relationships with family, friends, ourselves and with Spirit.
Using the Circle of Life, you will discover:
- What choices and behaviors are having a draining or negative impact on your emotional, physical and spiritual health
- What actions and attitudes will support you in attaining your health and life goals
- 1-2 Inspired Action Steps to anchor the day’s breakthroughs
In addition, your will receive:
- Personalized channeled guidance
- A heart-centered grounding and centering meditation
- An energetic clearing and alignment
- 75-minute Massage or Facial
- Organic box lunch
Space is limited, reserve early at osmosis.com
All-inclusive: morning session, organic lunch and spa treatment: $179.00
Karen Halseth and Aimée Lyndon-Adams have both walked this path. Both have extensive backgrounds in corporate management and now work with successful professionals who want to balance their material success with emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Karen and Aimée are now teachers, authors, spiritual energy healers and channeled readers. www.whattrulymatters.com
Honoring the sacred earth, gathering with healing intent, and fostering community alchemy forms the basis of the mission and original vision of Osmosis.
Join us on the Autumn Equinox at 7am in the Temple Gardens at Osmosis as we rekindle the spirit upon which we have built, and continue to empower, our unique culture and community.
We will gather with an intention to honor earth, heaven, body, breath and creation- in celebration of the Autumn and the invitation to embrace the bountiful harvest, along with the coming winter and the spiral inward which naturally lies ahead. We will each journey into the inner landscapes to more powerfully cycle with the seasonal shifts and changes that the wheel of life brings us. Elizabeth and friends will weave a sacred journey using healing sound, prayer, nature contemplation, toning and chanting, soulful connecting in a deeply held container of loving presence and earth wisdom.
What are you harvesting in your heart and inner life? What bounty are you feasting on and can you be truly grateful for even the challenges ?
This event is Free – Reservation required. Tea and snacks to follow.
This special day combines the best elements of spa and meditation, participants will pause and sit down on this bountiful earth in the quiet and refuge of the Osmosis meditation garden. Cultivating presence and awareness of body heart and mind, we awaken to the felt sense of being fully alive. The program is a well crafted day of weaving meditation, spa experiences, connection and quite time in nature in the back of our 6-acres of secluded creekside gardens.
The program includes sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, a cedar enzyme foot-bath, a customized 75-minute massage, lunch, time for quiet reflection and conversation about how to practice in our daily lives. Led by Chris Fortin, ordained and transmitted Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshiand, MFT psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor, teacher in the Everyday Zen Foundation and leader of the Sebastopol Lotus Sangha.
Reservations Required — $179 all-inclusive
Lunch and meditation program only — $40