Forest Bathing Tree House Retreat

near Paris, France

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Close Contact With Nature, Eco-Sustainable Tree Houses With Private Nordic Hot Tub, Exclusive Access To The Domain Castle Rooms, Forest Bathing

Overview

15th – 18th October 2020

 

Also available on-demand as a private retreat between March and October

Ideal for 4 or more guests

 

Wake up high amongst the trees, invigorated by gentle sounds and clean sights on the Forest Bathing Tree House retreat. Ease the mind into a state of focus and connection as you spend time with nature, shifting unwanted weight to welcome in new, positive mindsets.

Open each day with Vinyasa Yoga in synchronised motions with the first light of day in one of the castle rooms, which will be privately reserved for attending guests throughout the retreat. Visions of the ancient forest and green fields will provide a mind-easing panorama to help guests enter a calm state of being. While the movements will aim to improve core strength and dynamic energy flow. In the evening, practice Yin Yoga, which will be deeper but slower, combined with elements of Yoga Nidra and visualisation techniques heighten awareness and a connection to personal identity.

Experience the ancient Japanese ritual of forest bathing (often known as Silvotherapy) to unravel trapped emotions and reset the body and mind. Further enhance connection with Mother Nature in deep breathing exercises and a Cacao and Chanting ceremony in the forest, held on a separate afternoon. Involving cacao, which is made into a natural plant-based drink and accompanied by a series of dynamic exercises. Let emotions roam free and be enveloped in self-acceptance before translating these experiences into coping mechanisms to build a fulfilled and connected lifestyle at home.

Each day, field-to-fork healthy meals will be prepared from a menu carefully designed by Balance Holidays. Gain knowledgeable insight into the health and nutritional benefits of ingredients, establishing a healthy, happy with food. A typical French dinner is also included in this programme to mark an authentic experience.

Close the day in an O-zone treated Nordic hot tub under a pin-pricked sky of stars before cocooning in your Coucoo Grands Chênes treehouse cabin. Where trees play the architect, savour undisturbed time and space to process, reflect and respond to each thought and emotion on the Forest Bathing Tree House Retreat. 

For all-inclusive double occupancy in a Spa treehouse cabin, the price is £2,005pp or for single occupancy, the price is £2,530pp.

For all-inclusive double occupancy in the Origin Spa treehouse cabin, the price is £2,213 and for single occupancy, the price is £2,782.

*To learn more about how a typical day on a retreat looks like, please see sample here and for more information about food and cuisine, please see here.

What's included

  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga
  • Evening Yin Yoga and Meditation
  • Forest Bathing Workshop
  • Cacao & Chanting Ceremony in the Forest
  • Typical French Dinner
  • Private Nordic Hot Tub
  • Field-to-Fork Gourmet Meals
  • Accommodation and Toiletries

The Expert

Happy Healthy Ila

Happy Healthy Ila is a passionate yoga and dance teacher who began yoga in her early 20s to improve her ballet dancing. She holds grace, elegance and gratitude as the key pillars of her philosophy. Living abroad and travelling across countries such as Brazil, New York, Singapore and now Paris has enabled her to adopt core elements of different yoga and meditation traditions into her personal methods of practise. It has also allowed her to access ports of different healing techniques ranging from forest therapy Shinrin Yuku to ayurvedic treatments all with a key purpose to help members heighten achievements of health and happiness independently every day.

Venue

Nature welcomes guests in a warm embrace, as they step into their luxurious spherical wooden cabins in this enchanting forest of oak trees. Each accessible through a set of spiral staircases, wake up high amongst the trees to the beckoning of cheerful birds singing and bunches of brittle leaves swaying with the wind.

Room Types

Origin Spa Cabin

Inspired by a bird’s nest, be awed by the panoramic birds eye view 8M above ground level in the luxurious Origin wooden cabin. Built around a huge trunk of a scalar oak tree, wake up each morning in a generous Queen sized bed. The suite is composed of a living room area, a bathroom and toilet. Access the terrace through a small set of stairs and the Nordic Hot Tub through a 30M Tibetan bridge connected to the cabin living room area. Access through a vertical ladder.

Bien-Être Spa Cabin

Be surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature in a wooden cabin, 6M above ground level. Climb up the wooden staircase to find the contemporary living area. Located in the same cabane is the bedroom, equipped with a generous Queen sized bed as well as a modern designed shower. Toilet in a separate local. The Nordic Hot Tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C is located on the outdoor terrace.

Carpe Diem Spa Cabin

Nestled with the tall, Oak trees, suspended 11M above ground level, the Carpe Diem cabin is the tallest cabane of the domain, made from the trunk of a scalar oak. The bedroom, furnished with a generous Queen sized bed is situated in the cabana with the spacious living area and bathroom. It is connected to the terrace through a Tibetan bridge, where the Nordic Hot tub is located. Access via spiral ladder on the side.

Lov’nid Zen Spa Cabin

Be immersed in the layers of the forest in the Lov'nid Zen cabin. Suspended 6M above ground level, enjoy moments of tranquility and the simplicity of being in each other’s company in the spacious Queen sized bed, looking at a spread of stars arched overhead. Walk along the Tibetan bridge to reach the cabana, where a cosy living room area, a modern shower and toilet are located. On the external terrace sits the Nordic hot tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C. Access through a round ladder.

Emotion Spa Cabin

Newly built and furnished, the Emotion cabin possesses the luxury of contemporary design and modern facilities. Access through a spiral staircase before admiring the beauty 10M above ground level. This cabin has three terraces spread across three levels, each accessible through a set of wooden stairs. The Nordic Hot Tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water sits on the mid-level terrace. The bedroom with a generous Queen-sized bed, bathroom and toilet, surrounded by insulated windows sits on the third level with captivating panoramic views.

Coupole Spa Cabin

Begin the weekend retreat in the Coupole cabin, a spherical pod nestled amongst the oak tree forest, made from the trunk of scalar oak. Accessible through the spiral staircase, this wooden cabin sits 6M above ground level with a panoramic roof to enclose guests in a warm embrace with nature. Out on the terrace sits the Nordic hot tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C while the spacious bedroom complete with a Queen sized bed is situated in the mezzanine, accessible through a short set of internal stairs. Modern bathroom with shower and toilet also situated in the main cabin.

Food and Cuisine

Indulge in a happy and healthy range of dishes made from locally sourced, plant-based meals to regain energy after a morning and afternoon of outdoor activities. Every meal on this retreat will see classic French recipes come together with healing herbs to present wholesome, nutritious food to offer a complete back-to-nature experience. *Please notify us of any dietary requirements and allergies.

Healthy, Safety and Hygiene

Your health and safety have and will continue to take central priority in everything we do. For this retreat, Balance Holidays and Coucoo Grands Chênes have worked together to introduce and adopt heightened levels of health and safety vigilance and measures guided by local health authorities, WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) above their existing stringent standards. The objective is to provide a safe, comfortable and high-quality experience as expected from us. We also have an individual Forest Bathing Tree House Retreat determined Health & Safety protocol in place. If you wish to learn more, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, please refer to our Terms and Conditions or Covid-19 Update.

Location

The Coucoo Grands Chênes treehouse domain is situated North of France amongst the laurel green countryside fields in Raray. Approximately an hour away from Paris, Raray is a small village famous for the castle, which it is named after called Château Raray and dates back to the 14th Century. It also once provided the impressive backdrop for the original film adaption of Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau in 1945. As nature is the common denominator in this tucked away corner of France, find balance between the body and mind in daily outdoor activities, admiring the pristine countryside and chipper wildlife.

Practical Info

This programme will commence at 6:00pm on the day of arrival. You will be allowed to check into Coucoo Grands Chênes treehouse cabin from 4pm onwards. We therefore suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport/train station to the domain. 

The closest airport is Charles de Gaulle, while the nearest train station is Gare du Nord. You may book a taxi outside the airport or station, quoting the below address to bring you directly to the domain. Total journey time if local traffic conditions permit will be approximately 30 minutes from Charles de Gaulle and 60 minutes from Gare du Nord Station. 

Address:

Coucoo Grands Chênes,

1 Rue Jean Cocteau,

60810

Raray