Dunbrody's Blog

03/03/2020

Forest Bathing at Dunbrody

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We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. We have known it for centuries. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.  But what exactly is this feeling that is so hard to put into words?   In Japan, they practice 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.    This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.

Never have we been so far from merging with the natural world and so divorced from nature.  But the good news is that even a small amount of time in nature can have an impact on our health. A two-hour forest bath will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment and de-stress and relax you.  So how does one go about forest bathing?

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First, find a spot.  The woodland at Dunbrody House is a great place to start.  Closeby there is also Tintern Abbey woodland trails and the Kennedy Arboretum.   Make sure you leave your phone and camera behind. You are going to be walking aimlessly and slowly. You don’t need any devices. Let your body be your guide. Listen to where it wants to take you. Follow your nose. And take your time. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get anywhere. You are not going anywhere. You are savouring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting the forest in.

The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavour of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature. You have crossed the bridge to happiness.

When it comes to finding calm and relaxation, there is no one-size-fits-all solution – it differs from person to person. It is important to find a place that suits you. If you love the smell of damp soil, you will be most relaxed where the natural landscape provides it. Then the effects of the forest will be more powerful. Maybe you have a place in the countryside that reminds you of your childhood or of happy times in the past. These places will be special to you and your connection with them will be strong.

Summer Specials

Thoughout the year we offer some great dates for your diary - you can book any of these on their own or as part of a package: Call 051.389600 to book. 
If you go down to the woods today....you'll find our gorgeous cosy cabin tucked away in the woodland.  The perfect way to get back to nature where the only noise comes from the Dawn & Dusk Chorus, where you can slip into the Twilight while relaxing on your terrace with a couple of Sundowner Cocktails from Room Service and enjoy the benefits of a complete Digital Detox too.

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Live Like a Lord (or a lady!) To the Manor Born at Dunbrody   - Live like a Lord for 2 days in 1800s Dunbrody House...Georgian architecture meets modern luxury with this 2 day package which includes a Classic Afternoon Tea, dinner in the Harvest Room Restaurant from our Summer Seasonal Menu and champagne breakfast in bed til Noon on one morning.

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

Escape to the Country - nothing beats 2 nights getaway to the stunning Hook Peninsula & Dunbrody Country House & Estate especially when it includes a dinner on one night from Kevin Dundon's kitchen!  Treat yourself to a well-earned break of relaxation, pampering and indulgence.  You've definitely earned it  

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book
Love Is 24 hours of indulgence at Dunbrody House throughout the Autumn & Winter. From €235 pps          The perfect treat for someone you love.     Love Is package includes:
- Accommodation in one of Dunbrody's luxury rooms or suites, Breakfast til Noon next day.
- Dinner for Two from the Harvest Room Seasonal Menu
- Choice of Dunbrody Full Body Massage or Signature Facial (one treatment per person)

Sundays & Midweek Click HERE to book

The Lodge at Dunbrody - For the perfect family break the original steaward's house at Dunbrody House offers all the perks of being in the main house but with loads of space for kids of all ages too.  Sleeping up to six you have the option of self-catering or let us look after all your dining needs. Minimum two night stay. Click HERE to check availability
Yummy Mummies  - We love all the Yummy Mummies & Mums to Be here at Dunbrody and we have the perfect treat for your Yummy Mummy - either the Foodie option or the Beauty option both starting at €265 pps to book either as a stay or as a Voucher  Package includes 1 night's Dinner, B&B and a choice of any one of the following:- One Day Cookery School OR Aromatherapy Associates Rose Facial with Indian Head & Neck Massage

Throughout the month of June Click HERE to book  Also available as a Gift Voucher

Dunbrody Exclusive Packages