The Healing Power of Forest Bathing

The Healing Power of Forest Bathing

Experience the Healing Power of Forest Bathing at Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier


The allure of being amidst natural wonders evokes an inexplicable feeling that soothes our souls. The rustling symphony of the forest, the earthy aroma of trees and the play of sunlight filtering through the foliage envelop us with a sense of comfort and tranquillity. But what exactly is this feeling that is so hard to put into words? Let us tell you all about the healing power of forest bathing.

Women Hiking Through West Coast Rainforest Forest Bathing

Photo: Bethshebaa

In Japan, there is a traditional practice known as Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. In the Japanese language, “shinrin” translates to “forest,” and “yoku” means “bath.” Therefore, Shinrin-yoku refers to immersing yourself in the forest atmosphere and absorbing the natural surroundings through your senses.

Forest bathing has gained global recognition for its profound mental and physical health effects. Originating in Japan during the 1980s, it is a meditative practice encouraging a deeper connection with nature. Unlike hiking or exercising, forest bathing’s purpose is not to reach a particular destination or engage in vigorous activities. Instead, it involves slowly walking through the forest, embracing the surrounding sights, sounds, scents and textures. By focusing on mindfulness and being present in the moment, participants can experience nature’s therapeutic benefits, including reduced stress, improved mood, enhanced cognitive function and even boosted immune response.

Rainforest Retreat: Your Gateway to Forest Bathing Bliss

Nestled in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier, the Rainforest Retreat offers an unparalleled setting for those seeking the transformative experience of forest bathing. Surrounded by lush ancient rainforests, this unique accommodation provides a seamless blend of luxury and nature, making it effortless for guests to immerse themselves in the calming environment while enjoying their stay.

Women Forest Bathing By Spa Pool In Luxury Tree House In Forest Canopy Rainforest Retreat

Deluxe Tree Houses

Rainforest Retreat’s deluxe tree houses are elevated above the forest’s canopy, offering uninterrupted views of the breathtaking surroundings. These luxurious accommodations include private spa pools and expansive windows inviting the outside in. Guests can wake up to the sight of misty treetops and fall asleep to the gentle sounds of the forest, creating a deeply relaxing and immersive experience.

Woman Forest Bathing At Rainforest Retreat Luxury Tree House Franz Josef Glacier

Women Soaking In Hot Tub In Rainforest Franz Josef Glacier Accommodation

Sauna and Outdoor Rainforest Shower

Enhance your forest bathing journey with a visit to the onsite sauna and outdoor rainforest shower. The outdoor rainforest shower and alpine barrel sauna provide a refreshing way to connect with nature as you cleanse and rejuvenate.

Barrel Sauna At Rainforest Retreat West Coast New Zealand

Photo: Bethshebaa

Nature Trails and Abundant Greenery

Rainforest boasts its own nature trail, winding through the verdant rainforest. This trail offers the perfect opportunity for a slow, mindful walk, where you can fully engage your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. The earthy scent of damp soil, the melody of birdsong and the vibrant greenery of ancient trees create an environment rich in natural beauty and tranquillity. Of course, there are an abundance of hiking trails that take you deep into nature’s embrace right on the doorstep too!

Women Hiking Roberts Point Swing Bridge Franz Josef Glacier

Photo: Bethshebaa (Roberts Point Trail).

Guest Experiences

Numerous guests have shared their transformative experiences at Rainforest Retreat. One visitor noted, “Staying in the tree house felt like another world. The connection to nature was immediate and profound. Walking the nature trail each morning became a ritual that set a peaceful tone for the rest of the day.”

Another guest mentioned, “The spa pool and the outdoor shower were the highlight of our stay. There’s something incredibly soothing about being surrounded by nature while indulging in these amenities. It was truly a rejuvenating experience.”

Women Morning Coffee Luxury Accommodation In Nature

Photo: Bethshebaa

Adventure and Rejuvenation in Franz Josef Glacier

Beyond the borders of Rainforest Retreat, the wider Franz Josef Glacier area offers numerous opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Whether it’s exploring the glacier itself or embarking on scenic hikes visitors can balance the thrill of discovery with moments of pure tranquility.

Forest bathing at Rainforest Retreat in Franz Josef Glacier offers an extraordinary escape from the rigours of modern life. By fully immersing yourself in the natural surroundings, you can experience the myriad benefits of this ancient practice, from reduced stress to enhanced well-being. The combination of luxurious accommodations, serene spa facilities and the enchanting rainforest creates the perfect environment for a truly restorative getaway.

For more details and to book your stay, visit Rainforest Retreat and embark on your journey to wellness and serenity.


All photos are credited to the wonderful Bethshebaa.

Modern and Luxurious Individual Accommodations set amongst lush native bush.

Space and seclusion. Family Tree Houses and Lodge cabins, individually sited.

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