When the gates of Eden welcome you, it’s impossible not to take a deep, relaxing breath. As you make your way along the tree-lined drive, stress and worries fall away, leaving you free to marvel at the natural surroundings of the retreat, nested deep in the valley.
Eden is where nature’s healing embrace rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. In this week’s blog, we will embark on an enchanting journey that will reveal the extraordinary connection between nature and wellness, and how Eden harnesses the power of nature to promote healing and rejuvenation.
Experiencing nature at Eden
We are extremely privileged to be based in Bundjalung Country where our guests can connect to the traditional healing power within nature.
Ancient cultures and modern science agree; grounding yourself in mother nature is a pathway to restoration of body, mind and spirit. We provide both the space and the practice for you to do this at Eden.
We also believe that nature is not just a backdrop but an integral part of the healing process. Nature’s essence has a remarkable ability to soothe stress, improve mental clarity and enhance overall wellbeing. Our retreat is thoughtfully designed to offer you a sanctuary where you can truly immerse yourself in the healing wonders of the natural environment.
The benefits of biophilia
Biophilia, the innate human connection with nature, plays a significant role in our overall health. Scientific studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce anxiety, improve mood and boost the immune system. From nature walks to outdoor yoga sessions, you will find countless opportunities to experience the restorative powers of biophilia during your time at Eden.
As part of our daily rainforest walks and our specialised ‘Connect to Nature’ class, we offer the opportunity to experience the magical healing powers of ‘Forest Bathing.’ Called Shinrin-yoko, the Japanese practice of forest bathing involves immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, where you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits that promote relaxation and wellness. During this time, you will experience a significant connection with your senses, as your blood pressure and heart rate decrease, providing access to your parasympathetic nervous system.
How to incorporate biophilia into your everyday life
A study of 20,000 people found that a person needs to spend 120 minutes per week in nature to experience the associated benefits. This time can be accumulated – by taking just 20 minutes each day you will effortlessly experience the benefits of biophilia.
Here are some simple yet effective tips to help you embrace the healing power of nature each day.
Begin your day by meditating outdoors, focusing on the gentle rustle of leaves and the cool morning breeze. Sip your morning herbal tea or take the time to write in your gratitude journal during this time. Find a quiet spot outdoors and simply observe the natural world around you – the sights, sounds and smells. Be present in the moment.
Walk and wander
Take a leisurely walk in a nearby park or nature reserve during your lunch break or after work.
Tending to plants is not only therapeutic but also helps you bond with nature. Why not plant some herbs that you can then use in your cooking? And bring nature indoors. Fill your living space with potted plants and fresh flowers, bringing the calming energy of nature into your home.
By incorporating these simple biophilic practices into your daily life, you will discover a profound transformation in your overall wellbeing.
Harnessing the power of nature at Eden
At Eden Health Retreat, we pride ourselves on providing an environment that harnesses the magic of nature to promote wellness. From luxurious, eco-friendly accommodations to nutritious organic meals, outdoor activities amongst lush rainforests and mindfulness classes, every aspect of your stay is carefully curated to enhance your healing journey.
Unlock the rejuvenating powers of nature, allowing yourself to flourish in mind, body and soul at Eden.
Eden Health Retreat was founded upon Bundjalung Country. May we acknowledge the traditional owners whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land since men and women awoke from the great dream. Source: Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing | Scientific Reports