Stress relief in natureForest bathing "Shinrin Yoku".

Do you know the feeling? After a stressful week, you take time out at the weekend for a long walk in the forest - and you immediately feel relaxed. The air smells earthy and fresh, the forest floor gives way gently under your feet, old trees line the edge of the path majestically and birds sing their songs in the rustling treetops - and somehow all the tension falls away from you all by itself. And all this during a simple walk in the forest.

The effect of forest bathing is unique. The practice of Shinrin Yoku originated in Japan and is aimed precisely at this relaxing effect of nature: forest bathing - the deep immersion in nature and especially in the forest - is used there as a means of promoting human health and well-being. While forest bathing is still considered a nice wellness trend in Germany and Europe, the method and its effectiveness for the psyche have been researched at universities in Japan and medically tested in extensive studies. Forest therapy is even prescribed by psychologists there.

Together with the trained forest bathing course leader Angela Mertens, you can embark on this very special discovery tour through the forest with all your senses during a 3-day stay at the Waldhotel Tannenhäuschen in selected periods. Recharge your batteries with the power of nature, strengthen your health and immune system and draw on the rich treasure trove of knowledge of the Japanese forest therapy.

This offer includes:

  • 2 nights in one of our comfortable rooms
  • 2 x rich vital breakfast in the morning
  • 2 x 3-course menu or buffet according to offer in the evening
  • Use of our 5,300 m² AQUA SILVA Spa with saltwater pool, active pool, outdoor pool, spacious sauna park with 8 saunas, fitness as well as various relaxation areas
  • On the day of arrival, you can use our wellness area from 14:00 hrs.

As well as participation in the forest bathing programme with Angela Mertens:

  • Arrival day: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. arrival, presentation of the “forest bathing” concept, strolling together
  • Day 2: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. two-hour forest bathing together, followed by a coffee/tea break
  • Departure day: 11:00 a.m. to noon conclusion and farewell
from € 389,50 per person

When do you treat yourself to nature therapy and a forest atmosphere?Our dates for "Forest Bathing - Shinrin Yoku" 2024:

In selected periods, forest bathing under the direction of Angela Mertens has a different thematic focus. Depending on the season and the special features that the forest has to offer at that time, you can look forward to unique experiences in connection with nature.

"Shinrin Yoku for couples - forest bathing with your favorite person"
June 21 - 23, 2024 (Fri - Sun)

Learn to rediscover nature together with your partner. Move from thinking to feeling and feel togetherness again. Discover mindfulness for each other and learn to see the world through other people's eyes.

"Forest bathing in summer"
July 16 - 18, 2024 (Tue - Thu)

We go forest bathing without swimwear and enjoy the freshness of the summer forest. By strolling mindfully, we slow down, sharpen our senses and simply take time for ourselves.

"I'll be in the woods"
August 9th - 11th, 2024 (Fri - Sun)

Together we get to know nature carefully and consciously at this time of year. Enjoy the soothing forest air and be curious about what awaits you.

"Relaxed and happy with Shinrin Yoku"
September 6th - 8th, 2024 (Fri - Sun)

With this forest bathing the focus is on relaxation, letting go of your thoughts, oxygenating your body and just being yourself. Enjoy life!

Time out from everyday life with forest bathing & wellness

You could hardly dream of a more suitable setting for your forest bathing weekend: the Waldhotel Tannenhäuschen welcomes you in a fantastic location in Wesel, right on the edge of a forest and nestled in a park-like garden. The atmosphere of the forest unfolds its effect here all by itself and you feel part of nature again.

When you are not walking through our recreational forest, you can enjoy the relaxed and elegant atmosphere of our 4-star wellness hotel, indulge in culinary delights in our gastronomic facilities or treat yourself to an extra portion of relaxation in our 5,300 m² AQUA SILVA Spa.

Look out for the different offers when booking: Each forest bathing experience focuses on a different theme (see schedule) and captivates with different effects of Shinrin Yoku - incidentally, the Japanese term for forest bathing. For 3 days and 2 nights, you can forget about civilization, digitalization and the hectic pace of everyday life and immerse yourself in the forest and nature instead.

Let the beneficial effects of forest bathing work their magic on your body, mind and soul!

Angela MertensCertified forest bathing course instructor.

As is often the case, Angela's search for a personal balance to stress at work and in her private life led her to her true calling. After fate brought her to Austria, where she was lucky enough to live in the immediate vicinity of a large wooded area, her personal journey to Shinrin Yoku and nature therapy began. It became a ritual to lace up her boots straight after work and hike through the forest, enjoying the trees, the air, the sounds, the soft ground and the interplay of light and shadow, and recharging her batteries in the process.

It was more by chance that she found out about the opportunity to train as a forest bathing instructor, which she completed in 2020 at the Akademie Gesundes Leben in Oberursel. Angela now pursues her personal passion of sharing her positive forest bathing experiences with others in order to rediscover with them the power of the forest and its intensely positive effects on body and mind.

The Japanese concept for physical and mental well-beingForest bathing - using the healing power of the forest.

If you think that "forest bathing" is like a normal walk through the forest, you're way off the mark. Rather, it is about consciously perceiving the forest with all five senses and engaging intensively with nature. "Shinrin Yoku" is the name given to forest bathing in its country of origin, Japan, where this practice is already an integral part of general health care. Loosely translated, the term means "absorbing the forest atmosphere" and sums up the concept perfectly.

Stress reduction and relaxation

First and foremost, intensive forest bathing serves to promote health. Spending time in the forest can reduce stress, lower cortisol levels and contribute to individual relaxation. The slow pace of mindful strolling through the forest promotes calm and serenity.

Feeling and sensing in the forest

Targeted applications are also used. With the help of breathing, meditation and sensory exercises, it is possible to experience nature with all your senses. Feel the soft moss between your fingers and the tickling leaves under your feet. Thanks to this return to our fine senses and direct perception, it is possible to recover from the sometimes daily use of screens and technology.  

Did you know that...

... spending time in the forest is also so good for us because we can be focused and unfocused at the same time in natural environments? Psychologists call this phenomenon "undirected" or "free-floating attention", which we find fascinating in nature. In contrast to focused concentration, in which we have to block out unwanted stimuli by using our willpower, undirected attention is about the undirected perception of the whole. This inclusive form of attention requires no effort of willpower, but instead produces relaxation and has a regenerative effect. At the same time, we perceive ourselves as part of a larger whole, which gives us a sense of purpose and connectedness.

Your address for wellness & well-being in NRW and GermanyMore inspiring workshops at Waldhotel Tannenhäuschen.

Take time to breathe deeply! Our wellness hotel is your address for invigorating short breaks and inspiring time-outs. As part of lovingly put together arrangements, we regularly host exciting workshops that are all about wellbeing and self-care. Whether Ayurveda or fasting, Feng Shui or Me-Time for Mums - with us you will find the relaxation weekend that suits you!

No time for a whole wellness weekend? Then visit our spacious AQUA SILVA Spa as a day spa guest, treat yourself to a variety of beauty and wellness treatments or seek advice in our in-house naturopathic practice.

We look forward to your visit!

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