Forest bathing at the Mountain of Senses
Summer 2024 brings a very special experience. We introduce you „Forest bathing on the Asitz“.
This hiking trail is open from spring in 2024.
Inviting you to forest bathe
Forest bathing is a nature-based method that originated in Japan in the 1980s. Its aim is to relax in and with nature, to slow down and temporarily detach from daily stress of life.
With the help of various exercises, you can literally immerse into yourself in the forest atmosphere.
Forest bathing focuses entirely on senses, it is all about seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting the forest.
Pause for a little while, meditate, and relax:
Our farmers know exactly what’s good for their animals: the healthy mountain air, the herbs and the surroundings. Sit down, breathe deeply and pause a while. Let yourself go, and enjoy the flora and fauna around you. Look at your surroundings; how many shades of green can you see? Let it all sink in. Let a feeling of relaxation spread over you. Green, the colour of hope and confidence.
Invites you to focus on, enjoy nature and sharpen your senses. Sit for a while, close your eyes, listen to nature and let yourself be enchanted. How do you feel? Can you feel the wind on your skin? Concentrate on the scents around you, sniff in all directions. What is it that you smell? Open your eyes very slowly. What can you see? Use your hands as a picture frame. What is the focus of the picture?
Nature is the reason why we live.
We are all part of it, and that is purpose enough to honour it. Let your creativity run wild and create a piece of art from natural materials. A great gift to nature, from nature.
Can you feel the power that flows through you? Add more of your own so that you can feel it even more intensely. Let this place grow. Whether through a stone, branch, a pine cone or just a good thought. Just don't break or tear anything and don't tear anything out. There is enough for everyone. Standing stones served as signposts in past days by, instead of the yellow signs of today.
Find a beautiful tree to lean on against or sit under. Close your eyes and imagine yourself merging into the tree more and more with each breath – with its trunk, its crown, its roots – until you become the tree yourself. Come back slowly, walk the path very slowly, three steps forward, one step back, and let the observation of your surroundings take on a new focus.
What are you grateful for? Create a mandala from natural materials. For this, for each grateful thought place something from the forest, no matter how big or small, in a pattern spiralling out, rejoice as the mandala grows. Expressing gratitude is good for us.
Do as many exercises as you like.
Or let yourself be guided.
Exercise: Stand hip-wide apart and well rooted. Inhale, raise both arms, stretch, then lower your arms quickly, exhaling loudly. Repeat this several times in a row.
Leonhard Höck Sr. tells a variety of legends around Leogang. Whether it's the legend of the Birnbachloch, the Melkerloch, or the wild women of Roßboden. Sit down, make yourself comfortable and listen to the stories of days gone by.
Body: Breathing & meditation >strengthens your immune system & health
Spirit: Mindfulness & sensory perceptions >Enhances stress reduction & relaxation
Soul: Nature & power rituals >Strengthen your psyche & creativity
>>You can do everything, but don't have to do anything!<<
Take a break and have a sip – you might spot a forest animal. To do this, however, you will have to be quiet, just observe, listen and sharpen your senses. What do you hear? What can you see? Can you feel the wind on your skin? What do you smell?
Be one. Lie down on the four-poster bed and look upward. See how tall and broad the treetops are, and consciously inhale and exhale deeply. Imagine sinking deeper into nature, breath by breath.
Enjoy the wonderfully fresh climate at the small waterfall and recharge your body with the very special energy of running water and the oxygen-rich forest air.
Sit down and focus on your breathing. Notice how the fresh air and the messenger substances of the tree make you grow, and fill you with oxygen, down to the last cells of your body. As you exhale, let go of all the things you no longer need. The tree absorbs them, transforms them and gives you all its power back with every breath. Breathing happens all by itself.