Your Tiny House Adventure
“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu.
“the secret of happiness you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
We at Qii House are excited and welcome the Tiny House experience. A bird’s eye view of endless magical forest and sunset landscapes; akin to nature and the art of living in harmony with nature and Otway rainforest life. Our latest installation of three custom Tiny Houses is complete and grace the landscape at Qii House…in hiding. More happy, relaxed retreat spaces for your enjoyment!
Qii House has worked on this project with “Treehab”. Treehab was formed by people who are passionate about design, innovation and most importantly sustainability. Their mission is to provide innovative solutions that are environmentally sound and sustainable; and to be well equipped in the provision of the small creature comforts we all adore! Each tiny home is custom designed for the specific place, client requirements and purpose taking in passive, contemporary design principles. We are excited to announce it is the very first tiny house installation in the Otways and in the whole of Western Victoria. There are some in the Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley. Your stay will be history in the making! What an adventure!
It is the confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn-which is what life is all about…wherever you go, go with all your heart. Celebrate that which you need to see more of…life is pure adventure, the sooner we realise that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art.
Transformational travel is not really about the destination, it’s about the experience- and that includes the journey as well. The Transformational Travel Council, founded in 2016, defines transformational travel as ”intentionally travelling to stretch, learn and grow into new ways of being and engaging with the world.”
Our three “Tiny Houses” each have unique Japanese Zen names…
We will market “Ukiyo” which means “floating world”; living in the moment detached from the bothers of life, “Kensho” meaning “seeing one’s true nature and “Kokoro” meaning a sensory, feeling one gets if we were to take a moment to reflect on the interconnectedness of all things; it is the embodiment of concepts of heart, mind, spirit, will, consciousness and soul.
“Thoughts, feelings, and desires, or will, are all interrelated aspects of what it means to be human, and we would be wise to take all of them, and their interrelationship, into account in order to understand human experience.” – Swanson, 1993
These tiny eco dwellings have been custom built to compliment the principles of “Forest Therapy’ or “Shinrinyoku’ which is a popular practice in Japan. Shinrin means “forest” and yoku means “bath.”
Shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. It is a researched based therapeutic modality with multi-factorial health benefits including stress reduction and elevating mood; and is impacting the world.
The tiny houses underpin “Qii House’s” philosophy and each is immersed in a forest canopy within the Great Otway National Park; a haven for peace and tranquillity. And yes, they do have some “quirk”, including red cupboards, colourful furnishings, a large pantry, queen day bed with three built in drawers, smeg appliances, a large round “fishbowl” window, double sliding glass doors leading to your own private deck with a large custom built eco bath big enough for two, a hammock, yoga mats and some seating. You will also have your own private carpark.
Each tiny house is well equipped and has an eco-sustainable mindset. It will provide you with the ultimate cryptic challenge interalia.
- Corten steel and glass outdoor fireplace (Kokoro & Kensho)
- Smeg Toaster and electric Kettle
- Small two burner gas cooktop and oven
- Husky mini refrigerator
- Pull-out Queen bed with three storage drawers
- Ample crockery and cutlery
- Saucepans and frying pan
- Bodhum Teapot
- Bodhum coffee plunger
- Microwave oven
- Fold down table
- Two air chairs
- Separate Bathroom
- Incinerator loo
- Vanity basin and mirror
- Two yoga mats
- Board games and books
- Small outdoor deck
- Outdoor setting for two
- Outdoor hot tub
- Single hammock
- Japanese inspired Thatch communal garden room with seating and a barbeque.
Scenery, space, and the human connection…intimacy with nature has to do with recognition of nature’s bounty and reverence for its in dwelling forces.
The property has an INFTA internationally accredited rainforest walking circuit for Forest Therapy for your use; The Zaborin Walk. Zaborin is a Zen meditation word meaning to sit and forget. Together with the character for “woods”, it encapsulates the essence of our purpose, to sit, to forget, to unwind, and to absorb the natural beauty within the forest. To breathe…in mind and body.
There is a delightful Japanese inspired thatch garden gazebo for use as a communal cooking facility. It houses bench seats, a small red table and a Gasmate Barbeque. A few metres away you will find a Billabong to further enhance your forest bathing experience.; The “birabon” is the Japanese term and namesake. It will provide you with a magical wildlife exploration and meditational setting for contemplation. You will find another Japanese Thatch garden room at the waters’ edge and ample seating, another space to deepen your connection to nature. And an ideal perch for birders.
We provide guidelines on forest therapy with the “welcome pack”, a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolates, a box of therapeutic tea, natural earth bath salts and a handmade soy wax candle and bedlinen. Television reception is poor, so we hope you can be resourceful enough to undertake some green exercise, to take a break from technology and to digitally detox!
Our mission is to provide you with a transformational travel experience for deepening self- awareness through connecting to nature. The natural bush setting offers our guests a quiet respite designed to connect them on a deeper level to nature
We hope that your tiny home away from home experience will be transformational, leaving you feeling refreshed, energized and inspired! When we discover nature, we discover ourselves.!
“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come…having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital, satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.” – Dalai Lama.
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What Our Guests Think Of Our Tiny Houses
We had such an awesome time here, super special location in the rainforest! Fresh air, gorgeous trees, beautiful walks, super cosy and comfortable tiny home, and such sweet treats greeted us – a personalised card, wine, tea, cookies and bath goodies! We loved the outdoor bath and will never forget this amazing experience. Thank you Heather!
15 Aug 2021 – Tiny House KENSHO
Heather was a very accommodating host- everything we needed was provided, in the most beautiful location. The perfect getaway to switch off and reconnect in nature. Would recommend to anyone wanting a private escape!
13 Jul 2021 – Tiny House KENSHO
Perfect little getaway to recharge. We enjoyed this tiny cabin immensely!
Beautifully designed within a quiet landscape. Could not have asked For more.
Keith & Marcel
4-6 August 2021 – Tiny House UKIYO
What a spectacular place to stay….
This place is so magical under any weather…to be toastie and calm inside admiring rain dropping on the ferns or enjoying a warm bath in the lush forest under the sun rays.
This Tiny House is the perfect place to float away from our busy daily life.
Eva, John & Eloise
18-21 June 2021 – Tiny House UKIYO
Hi Heather…thank you for the stay! Looking forward to my next visit.xx…yes I’m grateful I came across the website. I had the best sleep, my body loves being in the forest. Thank you again, and it was lovely chatting with you too.
Good morning Heather, thanks again for the stay. I can’t stop thinking about the land you have there in the forest. So magical. I’d love to visit again and learn some more about building and maintaining the Tiny Homes.
24 April 2021 – Tiny House KENSHO
Hi Heather, we are local ish, we’re from South West Vic. We’re looking forward to a mini getaway after staying home since before the Rona struck, your house nestled amongst the bush is exactly what we’ve been dreaming of to relax, and unwind for a weekend.
Thank you for having us at Qii House; such a relaxing and beautiful stay in a perfect tranquil setting.
Penn & Stevie
15 May 2021 – Tiny House KOKORO
We are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary – could you recommend a nice restaurant? Thankyou for a relaxing and wonderful time at Qii House. Our Tiny House was beautifully fitted out. Heather has done an amazing job!
Tamm & Sean
22 Feb 2020 – Tiny House KOKORO
Thank you so much for allowing me to stay in your beautiful Tiny House. I felt wonderfully inspired and at peace. It’s been the most wonderfully relaxing weekend. It even got me considering buying my own Tiny House to live in permanently! Wish you lots of love and happiness and look forward to seeing more of this place soon.
26 Dec 2020
Looking forward to experiencing your place and creativity/ passion/space with our girls. They are already talking about the little houses…
…We had a fantastic adventure in the Tiny Houses. Fun outdoor baths, hammocks and contemplative walks. The girls had fun, the bath was lovely.
29 Dec 2020
This was so awesome, we saw and learned so much. We had a sick adventure and were so so so so so so so so so so so so so so grateful and happy we came here. So much laughter. We really really loved it. Hope we come back soon. XXX 000
Clementine & Stella (children)
29 Dec 2020
Thankyou Heather for your generous and nurturing gifts. You have created a little touch of heaven. The perfect environment to connect with the gifts of mother nature and to recharge. Thank you for your beautiful space. It was an absolute tonic.
Lorina Harris – Holistic Counsellor/ Clinical Hypnotherapist A.H.A/ Quantum ETF/ Hypnobirthing Practitioner Childbirth Educator. HPCE
2 Jan 2020
Hi Heather, thanks so much for having us, Rach and I had a ball!! Such a lovely spot, really recharged our souls.!! Would love to bring our family back and stay in the main house at some stage.
Richie & Rachel
9 Jan 2020
The Tiny Houses can be booked independently. In this event facilities at Qii House are reserved for those who book Qii House only; and are out of bounds. An exception is for a large group booking where Qii House and one or more of the Tiny Houses are booked. Total accommodation capacity including Tiny House accommodation is for fourteen persons. There are some bird feeders on location; you may wish to bring some wild bird seed. If on a larger group booking a torch would be useful when returning from the main house.
Guests should please maintain an eco-sustainable mindset and conserve energy and fresh rainwater. Rubbish is to be placed in the bins onsite along the driveway please. Noise should be kept at a minimum respecting the other house guests. We thank you in advance for your kind co-operation. Take care. Please enjoy your stay!
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