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3 Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat in the Italian Alps: Shinrin-Yoku and Mindfulness in Nature

Hotel Restaurant Fischer, Cleran, 196, 39042 Brixen, Südtirol, Italy

Forest Therapy, Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat Italy

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.

Meet the instructors

Helene Emma & Carlos
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Highlights

  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Mindfulness and Forest Therapy practice
  • Reflection activities and nature meditation practices
  • Evening outdoor group activities (weather permitted)
  • Excursion to Bressanone and Mt. Plose (including gondola ride)
  • Handouts and take-home practice tools
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Innsbruck Airport (US$49 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

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.

Program

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.

Mindfulness program details

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.

Vacation component details

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.

Weekend overview

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.

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Friday: Arrival day

  • 16:00 - 18:00 Arrivals, registration, and check-in
  • 18:30 Reception with prosecco and appetizers
  • 19:00 Welcome dinner
  • 20:30 Program overview, orientation, and welcome meditation practice

Day 2 - Saturday: Full retreat day

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:15 Morning meditation practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Shinrin Yoku session in the nearby forest
  • 13:15 Picnic lunch in the woods
  • 14:00 Free time back at the hotel
  • 15:30 Mindfulness session
  • 18:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 End of day meditation
  • 21:30 Stargazing session, pool or spa.

Day 3 - Sunday: Half day retreat and half day outing

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:15 Morning meditation practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Check out and travel to Bressanone and Mt. Plose by cable car
  • 11:15 Shinrin Yoku session in forest trail at the top of Mt. Plose
  • 13:15 Picnic lunch in the woods
  • 14:45 Enjoy the area and views of the top of Mt. Plose.
  • 17:00 Return to the hotel to pick up luggage
  • 18:00 Closing circle and departure

Included excursions

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.

Instructors

Helene Emma Wisser

Carlos Ponte

Location

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.

Features

Activities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Extended stay in Hotel Fisher
  • E-bike tour on the Plose
  • Rafting and canyoning on rivers Isarco and Rienza
  • Paragliding / tandem flight

Spa treatments

Optional beauty and wellness, face and body treatments like hot stone or Ayurvedic massages are available at an extra charge.

What's included

  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Mindfulness and Forest Therapy practice
  • Reflection activities and nature meditation practices
  • Evening outdoor group activities (weather permitted)
  • Excursion to Bressanone and Mt. Plose, including transportation and gondola ride
  • Handouts and take-home practice tools
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast, snacks, and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, ginger water, and Italian Prosecco during reception
  • Shuttle service between the nearest train station and hotel

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (available for a fee)
  • Lunch (optional meal packages available from hotel)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

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.

Airport: Innsbruck Airport Airport transfer available: Innsbruck Airport (US$49 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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