Eco Retreat Spaces
“The people have learned not from books, But in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they Sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it At setting, the very trees and wild herbs.” – Anton Chekhov, “A day in the country.”
We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments…they come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self- work, reflection and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a weblike design of happiness that drapes around our life. – Tara Styles
Heather has created some Japanese inspired, nature inspired “happy” spaces for guests to enjoy; to slow the pace and designed to develop a stronger connection to you.
In Japan, a popular practice is something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. It is a researched based therapeutic modality with many health benefits, and is impacting the world.
The Bath House
As a global phenomenon, bathing and its health benefits go back centuries with each country having its own ritualistic approach. The commonality in thought is that water is sacred; having powers to cleanse the body physically, mentally and emotionally. All is needed is some good bath salts, which Qii House provides along with a handmade soy wax candle to set the mood.
For those seeking a deeper connection with nature, there is a kilometer rainforest Forest Therapy Trail; on the property; “The Zaborin Walk” meaning a place in the forest to ‘sit to forget’.
This theme is a derivation of Japanese Zen terminology.
Japanese Inspired Gardens
The “Qii” gardens have been landscaped by Heather and are in harmony with the natural environment and have been designed and themed from locally sourced materials some from the surrounding bushland. Many bonsais are peppered throughout the property, whilst other plants surprise and just spring from the ground at random.
Japanese Tea House
Japan is known worldwide for its traditional arts. One of them is the Japanese Tea Ceremony or way of tea, a cultural activity which involves the ceremonial presentation of powdered green tea or “matcha.” The Japanese Tea Ceremony represents harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity which we must embrace in order to achieve the main purpose of the tea ceremony.
Regional Food & Wine
As if the Otway Forest Park isn’t feast enough for the senses, the Otway Harvest Trail indulges foodie whims with fine local produce and wining and dining options. Follow the trail to discover the best fresh produce at farm gates and provedores, restaurants, wineries and breweries. Enjoy meals and views along the trail or stock up on local riches to take back home.
Yoga & Meditations
The offering at Qii House Eco Meditation and Relaxation retreat is for a transformational travel experience and for developing self-awareness through nature. There are ample “sit spots “ as well as a large elevated sunset deck for soaking in the moment.
Forest Therapy Insights
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Feel the Vibe and Come Alive!
Qii house is an out of box experience. Savor the moment in fresh mountain air, in the ancient otways eco-system, where focus is shifted to the art of living in harmony with nature’s rhythm.