5-Star Wellness Retreat

Forest Therapy

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
— John Muir

Grounded in Earth

The daily life for most of us is filled with loud traffic on the monotonous drive home, the noxious fumes from the cars around us, tight shoulders from sitting at the computer all day, and the chime of our cell phone indicating yet another email from the boss combine to remind us the work of being an adult in the 21st century is never done.

Luckily, there’s an antidote to all that. A cure also found in our senses. Whereas negative sensory input drags us down, positive sensory input lifts us up. The sights and sounds of a natural environment promote peace and well-being. They stimulate us in mind, body, and soul.

Imagine yourself in a forest.

The aroma of damp wood tickles your nose, the sight of a bird taking flight catches your eye, the sound of crunching leaves turns your head and you glimpse a white-tailed deer vanishing into the dense green underbrush. A light mist cools your face as you turn to gaze into a thunderous waterfall cascading over dark, moss-covered rocks into a deep, ice-cold pool of clean mountain water.

Compared to sitting in traffic on the way home from work, you’re in heaven. You know, deep in your bones, you’re in a magical place.

Fall Forest

The interesting thing is, science backs up your intuition that there’s something incredibly therapeutic about simply standing there experiencing nature in all its raw beauty. New research reveals you can receive immense psychological and physical benefits from spending time in the outdoors. Mindfully soaking up a forest’s sensory stimuli has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and blood pressure. In fact, scientists in Japan found sitting in the woods for 15 minutes is enough to decrease stress and raise energy.

At Skyterra, we offer guided forest therapy including hikes, meditation, and yoga under the canopy. Our facilities sit nestled in the cradle of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in a county known as the Land of the Waterfalls. You’ll find cascading waterfalls and lush forests within walking distance of your accommodations.

“You’ll walk out of the forest with your shoulders lower, a calmer mind, and a sense of peace within,” says Kate Hannon, Skyterra’s Director of Integrated Wellbeing.

We want to collaborate with you to plan an adventure that allows you not just to witness these breath-taking views, but to truly experience them in the deepest sense so you feel calm, serene, and alive.

At Skyterra, we love the idea of letting the goodness of nature cleanse our bodies and spirits. The good news is that this rapidly-growing, research-based way of supporting health, happiness, and well-being is catching on outside of Japan. It’s catching on here with scientists, healers, and outdoor lovers alike.

We’re proud to be a small part of this wonderful movement.

Imagine yourself back in the forest one more time, and meditate on the words of the famous American naturalist John Muir:

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”