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Experience a mindfulness retreat in the Italian Alps, surrounded by the magnificent Dolomite Mountains. The retreat component will be mainly based on nature and the healing power of the forest. Shinrin-Yoku (forest therapy) training and practice will be the focus of this relaxing holiday weekend, together with Mindfulness meditation sessions and introduction to Tibetan Dream yoga. You will enjoy an excursion to the nearby Mt. Plose and be amazed by the views from its top. You will also be visiting the picturesque town of Bressanone (Brixen) in the province of Sud Tyrol.
The 4-star Hotel Fischer has a family atmosphere, panoramic location in the heart of the mountains, outdoor infinity swimming pool and indoor swimming, and saunas for year-round relaxation. The location is surrounded by beautiful nature and unsurpassed culinary delights. Natural materials such as wood and stone, as well as the large windows make for a bright, fresh, and natural environment. The restaurant’s large windows offer a magnificent view of the valley below even during meals. There are very large rooms with balconies in a natural material, modern style.
You have most likely experienced it yourself, how good it feels to spend time in a forest. Especially taking a walk alone, time seems to slow down naturally and effortlessly, as if nature welcomes you “home”, to rest.
The Japanese people know it as Shinrin-Yoku or “Forest Bathing”. It is considered there as a form of preventative medicine and it refers to routinely immersing oneself in the forest, attentively and mindfully, reconnecting with its nature through the senses.
Universe Mindfulness takes it up a notch by mixing in mindfulness practice and meditation to allow for everyone’s spirituality to enhance the healing effects of the forest. Universe Mindfulness has developed sensory practices which will enhance the whole forest immersion experience.
The techniques used are specifically designed to open the mind and body to fully receive the healing benefits of the woods. These forest bathing techniques will be a long-lasting take away for participants who can utilize them on their own future nature walks. The program encourages a mindful exchange with the forest environment through an evolving series of “stations”. All exercises were crafted to help participants deepen the connection with nature through the senses.
The retreat will take place at the heart of the Italian Alps, 95 kilometers south of Innsbruck. The town of Brixen (Bressanone in Italian) is a historical place with its unique Austrian and Italian cultures interwoven.
It is indeed an amazing setting for the mindfulness in nature weekend retreat. Forest therapy practice, Mindfulness meditation, and introduction to Tibetan Dream yoga will be the focus of this relaxing and healing weekend.
Universe Mindfulness' style is to provide a complete package designed to provide you with long-lasting memories of stunning places and for you to experience and take away stress management and wellness tools.
The Mindfulness seminar piece of this package offers guided meditation sessions and training on Mindfulness practice techniques. The training's foundation is the Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The lead trainer is MBSR certified with more than 15 years of experience teaching this course. She will provide daily guided meditation practices focusing on a variety of relaxation and self-compassion techniques. The other major component will be daily sessions of Forest Therapy.
Several decades of medical research in Japan and South Korea have scientifically proven the effectiveness of this natural healing method and immune system enhancement. Their research is now the foundation for establishing Shinrin-Yoku and Forest Therapy as a common practice throughout the world.
The program, which enjoys amazing reviews and has been featured in German publications is one of the first ones in central Europe.
Shinrin-Yoku sessions will, of course, take place in the nearby forest with amazing views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomite Mountains.
Maintaining the traditional vacation-retreat format, you will also have a “holiday” component during the weekend retreat. A half-day outing is planned to the picturesque and historical town of Bressanone and afterwards a cable car ride to the top of Mt. Plose.
Participants will stay at the 4-star Hotel Fisher. Upon arrival, after welcoming guests and each settling in their room, a small reception will be held in the panoramic restaurant just before the welcome dinner. Appetizers and Prosecco will be served while everyone will have the chance to get acquainted with other participants and the hosts.
After dinner, before bedtime, you’ll have a meditation session in the beautiful seminar room you’ll be occupying for the weekend. On Saturday morning, after breakfast, you will begin with the first forest therapy tour along a pre-selected trail in the surrounding woods.
After the forest bathing exercises, you’ll enjoy a packed lunch in the same forest. In the afternoon, Universe Mindfulness will offer a mindfulness training session based on the MBSR methods. Before dinner, participants will have the chance to enjoy the indoor/outdoor pools, spa and saunas. Dinner will be served in the terrace restaurant where you’ll have a large table reserved for the group. Sometime after dinner, guests can do a session of stargazing on the open field adjacent to the hotel, or enjoy the pool and spa.
Next morning, after breakfast, you will proceed to check out and store the luggage at the hotel. You will travel to the Picturesque town of Bressanone, and then up the top of Mt. Plose by cable car where you’ll have another Shinrin Yoku session with a new set of exercises. You’ll have a picnic lunch in the forest at the end of your last Shinrin-yoku session.
Upon return to the Hotel Fischer, you’ll proceed to doing a closing circle, and for the guests that are not staying an extra night, collect the luggage and depart to the train station or airport.
This program includes a half-day outing to the cultural center of Bressanone, and then a cable car ride to Mt. Plose with amazing views of the Valley and the Dolomite Mountains.
Emma began her meditation practice over 25 years ago, she is a certified MBSR trainer (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and a trained teacher for Mindful Self Compassion (MSC). For the past 15 years, she has taught mindfulness and self-compassion courses, coached individuals and run workshops in her own practice in Munich, Germany (practice for a mindful living) and at various public organizations and private corporations. In 2018, Emma became a certified Shinrin Yoku practitioner in England. She is a co-designer and guide of the forest therapy program in the German language in Bavaria.
He studied forest therapy in England and Japan. In Canada, he ran his own information systems company for almost 20 years. In Argentina, he grew up in an entrepreneurial family, with Italian roots. He grew up in the countryside surrounded by vineyards and next to the family-owned winery. He worked as a teacher and in healthcare in Canada for many years. Mindfulness came into his life and meditation helped a profound transformation into a new calling. Nature has always been pivotal in his life. He offers his guidance and training, very successfully, delivering his unique Shinrin Yoku program.
The town of Bressanone is located in the heart of South Tyrol in the Italian Alps and is immersed in a wide valley basin. Several villages are nestled on the slopes of Mt. Ponente as well as Mt. Plose. The hotel is located in one of these villages, featuring breathtaking views of the valley.
The mild climate of the “Valle Isarco” makes vineyards and fruit orchards flourish in this area, and the other marvel of this area is that just minutes away, Mt. Plose and the Dolomite mountains provide an endless playground for skiing, hiking, and immersing yourself in high mountain nature.
Breakfast, snacks, and dinner are included and provided by Hotel Fischer. Meanwhile, packed lunch is available á la carte at the hotel's restaurant. Meal packages are available upon request.
Optional beauty and wellness, face and body treatments like hot stone or Ayurvedic massages are available at an extra charge.
Transfer available for additional US$53 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Innsbruck Airport (INN). Transfer from Innsbruck Airport (INN) at 45 EUR is available. It is a return fare in a shared van service with seven other passenger.
Service is available from Innsbruck Airport (INN) to Brixen (Bressanone) for approximately 18 EUR return. Free pickup / drop off is available at the train station.
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