癒しの森のスフェラ | Amongst Trees – A Place To Heal

Amongst Trees – A Place To Heal

Shinrin Yoku Paths

At Forest Healing Sphere, our Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) paths are designed to provide a truly unique and immersive experience. Unlike traditional hiking or nature trails, our paths are crafted to slow you down, encouraging a gentle, mindful exploration of the forest. Each path is carefully laid out to guide you through a diverse range of environments within the forest, from quiet, secluded groves to awe-inspiring vistas, fostering a sense of discovery and wonder. 

Our paths are dotted with ‘invitation spots’ where visitors are encouraged to pause and engage with nature through a variety of senses, such as listening to the rustle of leaves, feeling the texture of bark, or inhaling the scent of fresh pine. Moreover, our Shinrin Yoku paths are more than just physical trails; they are a journey into a deeper connection with nature and self. Every twist and turn is an invitation to let the forest in and to open up to its healing power.

Multifunctional Outdoor Hall

At the heart of Forest Healing Sphere is our multifunctional, Japanese-style outdoor hall, a serene space specifically designed to facilitate Shinrin Yoku, nature connectedness experiences, yoga, and meditations. Nestled amidst the forest, it is an architectural marvel that harmonizes seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Its biophilic design principles guide its structure, incorporating natural elements, textures, and patterns to create an immersive experience that extends the beauty of the outdoors inward.

The hall, thoughtfully constructed with eco-friendly materials, features open, flowing spaces that allow for the calming sounds and scents of the forest to permeate the interior, enhancing the sensory experience. It serves as a tranquil sanctuary where guests can explore various practices like yoga and meditation, benefiting from the added layer of serenity offered by its forest backdrop.

Whether you’re immersing yourself in the stillness of meditation, moving through a series of yoga poses, or deeply engaging with Shinrin Yoku, this hall acts as your grounding point, a place where the forest’s healing energy is harnessed and amplified. It’s not just a hall, it’s a gateway to deeper connection and tranquility, a place where the boundaries between self and nature blur, facilitating profound experiences of healing and growth.

Forest & Healing Garden

At Forest Healing Sphere, we deeply understand the healing power of nature. Our organic forest garden and healing garden are crafted with this understanding, designed as a balm for the mind and body. They are more than just beautifully curated green spaces; they are living, breathing ecosystems that nurture life and promote holistic well-being.

Our organic forest garden is a testament to sustainable farming, brimming with diverse, locally sourced, and seasonally appropriate plants. The garden serves a dual purpose: it’s not just a source of fresh, nutritious, and organically grown food for our visitors but also a space for them to learn about and appreciate the importance of sustainable farming and food sovereignty.

Adjacent to our forest garden is the healing garden, a sanctuary infused with tranquility and soothing energy. This therapeutic landscape is thoughtfully planted with a variety of medicinal and aromatic herbs, providing a unique sensory experience that invites relaxation and reflection. Whether you’re leisurely strolling through the garden, partaking in a meditation session, or just quietly sitting and absorbing the serenity, these gardens are intended to soothe your senses, calm your mind, and uplift your spirit.

At Forest Healing Sphere, we believe in the power of nature to heal, and our gardens are a vibrant manifestation of that belief, inviting you to connect with nature’s rhythms, find solace in its beauty, and emerge revitalized.

Multifunctional Common Space

At Forest Healing Sphere, we’ve designed a multifunctional common space that aligns with our values of sustainability and minimalism. This space, crafted with locally sourced, eco-friendly materials, serves as a hub for knowledge, creativity, relaxation, and community building.

Our library is an oasis of tranquility where you can delve into a broad array of books that span topics from ecology, wellness, mindfulness, and beyond. Here, you can take a deep dive into the world of Shinrin Yoku, learn about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, or simply lose yourself in a captivating novel amidst the quiet rustle of the forest outside.

Adjacent to the library is the research room, a dedicated space for exploration and learning. Here, we collaborate with researchers, academics, and practitioners to study the effects of Shinrin Yoku and nature connection on mental health. This space is also open to our visitors, allowing them to learn more about our ongoing projects or even participate in them.

The common space also houses a versatile area for workshops. Here, we conduct a variety of programs ranging from mindfulness exercises, eco-art workshops, to discussions on environmental conservation and sustainability. This space is designed to be adaptable, accommodating both group activities and quiet contemplation.

Lastly, the common space is also a place for relaxation and connection. Comfortable seating areas invite guests to unwind, engage in thoughtful conversation, or simply gaze out at the serene forest landscape.

In essence, our multifunctional common space is a testament to our mission— providing a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can learn, grow, connect, and find peace amidst the healing power of nature.

Minimalistic Japanese Style Accommodations

At Forest Healing Sphere, we offer minimalistic Japanese-style single room accommodations, allowing you to experience tranquility and simplicity in the heart of nature.

In line with traditional Japanese design, our accommodations prioritize harmony, balance, and connection with the natural world. Each room is furnished with a comfortable futon bed, a low table, and tatami mat flooring, providing a serene and uncluttered space that invites calm and relaxation.

Designed with floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms invite the outside in, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding forest. Waking up to the gentle rustling of leaves, the chirping of birds, and the soft rays of the sun peeking through the trees is a routine experience in these accommodations.

At night, the rooms transform into a quiet sanctuary, with the moonlight filtered through the branches creating a natural night light, while the forest’s subtle sounds act as a soothing lullaby.

In these spaces, every detail is thoughtfully considered, from the natural materials used in construction to the absence of digital distractions, enabling you to fully immerse in the healing power of nature.

Our minimalist Japanese-style accommodations offer more than just a place to sleep – they provide a unique space for self-reflection, rejuvenation, and a deeper connection with the natural world. Experience the essence of Shinrin Yoku, even as you rest, within these tranquil forest dwellings.

Outdoor Kitchen

At Forest Healing Sphere, our outdoor kitchen serves as the beating heart of our community, embodying our belief in the power of shared meals and the connection between food, nature, and well-being.

Our outdoor kitchen is designed to encourage community interaction and participation. With a large preparation area and communal dining tables, it provides a space where guests can come together to prepare meals, learn about sustainable cooking, and enjoy the fruits of their labor in a serene, open-air setting.

Using ingredients freshly picked from our organic forest garden, visitors can learn to prepare nutritious, plant-based meals under the guidance of our skilled chefs. The process of cooking together not only nourishes the body but also fosters a sense of community, encourages cooperation, and creates lasting memories.

Additionally, the outdoor kitchen serves as an educational hub, where we host workshops on sustainable food practices, permaculture, and the benefits of a plant-based diet. By teaching our visitors about the journey from garden to plate, we hope to instill a greater appreciation for our planet and the sustenance it provides.

The magic of our outdoor kitchen lies not just in the meals that are created there, but in the connections that are forged, the knowledge that is shared, and the appreciation for nature that is deepened with every bite. Come join us at the table, under the open sky, and experience the joy of communal dining at Forest Healing Sphere.

Sentō (銭湯) - Japanese communal bathhouse

At Forest Healing Sphere, we believe in the power of water to heal and rejuvenate, and nowhere is this more evident than in our Sentō, a traditional Japanese communal bathhouse.

Our Sentō is more than just a place to cleanse the body; it’s a sanctuary designed to promote relaxation, introspection, and a deep sense of peace. Nestled amidst the serenity of the forest, it seamlessly merges the boundaries between the built environment and the natural world.

The design follows the principles of biophilic architecture, integrating natural materials, patterns, and textures, to create a space that fosters a profound connection with nature. The bathhouse features large windows and open-air sections that invite the forest inside, allowing you to soak in the healing waters while immersing yourself in the soothing sounds and sights of the forest.

Hydrotherapy in our Sentō is a unique experience that combines the restorative properties of hot water with the benefits of forest bathing or Shinrin Yoku. As you sink into the warm water, you can let the stress and worries of everyday life melt away, while the forest around you works its therapeutic magic.

Whether you choose to visit the Sentō for a solitary soak, or as part of a communal bathing ritual, it is a place where you can reconnect with yourself and nature, nourishing your body, calming your mind, and soothing your spirit. Experience the timeless tradition of Sentō at Forest Healing Sphere and let the forest and water heal you.

Art Gallery

At Forest Healing Sphere, we believe that creativity is an essential part of our wellbeing and connection to nature. Our on-site Art Gallery is a testament to this belief.

This space is designed to be an immersive platform for artists and our guests to explore their creativity, inspired by the forest’s healing power. The gallery houses artworks from our Art Residency program, where artists from all over the world come to create pieces influenced by Shinrin Yoku and the profound connection they form with the forest during their stay.

But the gallery is more than just a space to display art. It’s a place of learning and creativity where guests can engage in workshops led by resident artists. These sessions are designed to unlock your own creative potential, using art as a medium to express your experiences and emotions connected to nature and your own mental wellbeing.

The art pieces here range from paintings and sculptures to installations and performance art, each one a unique interpretation of the artist’s relationship with the forest and their journey towards healing and self-discovery.

Our Art Gallery invites you to explore these creative expressions of nature connection, and perhaps find inspiration to embark on your own journey of creative discovery. Whether you’re an artist or simply an art enthusiast, the Art Gallery at Forest Healing Sphere offers a unique opportunity to deepen your connection to nature through the power of art.

Chashitsu (茶室) - Japanese tea room

At the heart of the Forest Healing Sphere, we have our Chashitsu, a place of tranquility and mindful presence.

The Chashitsu is designed following centuries-old traditions, combining the aesthetics of minimalism with the beauty of natural materials. Here, guests are invited to partake in the time-honored Japanese tea ceremony, a practice that encourages mindfulness, harmony, and respect.

The tea ceremony is more than just the act of preparing and drinking tea. It’s a ritual that brings you into the present moment, where every movement is intentional and every sip of tea is savored. The peaceful atmosphere of the Chashitsu, the aroma of freshly prepared matcha, and the warmth of the tea in your hands all come together to create an immersive sensory experience.

At the Forest Healing Sphere, we believe in the power of such mindful practices to enhance our connection to nature and ourselves. By participating in the tea ceremony, guests can experience a profound sense of peace and oneness with the world around them, promoting mental and emotional wellbeing.

Join us in the Chashitsu, take a moment to slow down, and let the simplicity of the tea ceremony inspire mindfulness, tranquility, and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature.

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