near Paris, France
Wake up high amongst the trees, to the sound of the birds singing and the leaves whispering in the breeze on the Forest Bathing Tree House retreat. Carefully designed around the trunks of Oak trees, causing minimal disturbance to the imposing environment, trees play the architect for each wooden cocoon, drawing inspiration from the ancient forest. Furnished with the concept of eco-consciousness, an O-zone treated Nordic hot tub is located on the private terrace, bringing contemporary elegance with the raw elements of nature together.
You will be invited to experience the ancient ritual of forest bathing (often known as Silvotherapy). Through a series of guided exercises, from deep breathing to a mindful walk in the forest, unite with nature and let the heart and mind roam free. A Cacao and Chanting Ceremony in the Forest will be held on a separate afternoon to further enhance connection with Mother Nature. Originating from Aztec traditions, this ancient ritual involves Cacao, which is made into a natural plant-based drink, and a series of varied exercises, activities and a sequence of chanting and dancing, the objective is to encourage guests to let voices and emotions flow free rather than subduing them. All experiences can then be translated into empowering and coping tools for the modern lifestyle.
Delicious locally sourced, plant-based food will be prepared from a menu carefully designed by Balance Holidays. Incorporating classic recipes and healing herbs, enjoy plates of high-energy food in the dining rooms of the imposing castle, which once provided the impressive backdrop for the first original film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau. Participate in a Raw Food Cooking Workshop, discovering a true taste of food in the absence of preservatives, sugars and flavourings and seasonal treasures offered by nature. Moreover, gain knowledgeable insight into the health and nutritional benefits of ingredients and how to establish a healthy, happy relationship with food. A typical French dinner is also included in this programme to mark an authentic experience.
Yoga classes will be held at sunrise and sunset, within the castle, with views of the forest and green fields all around. The morning Vinyasa Energetic Yoga will focus on core and muscular strength and dynamic energy flow. Evening practice will be deeper and slower with Yin and Yoga Nidra elements and visualization techniques. Reestablish a sense of identity by taking a moment away from the usual settings to process, reflect and respond to pressing thoughts and emotions on the Forest Bathing Tree House Retreat. By responding to these, we are building, growing and developing.
*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.
Ilaria 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 Ilaria to adopt core elements of different yoga and meditation traditions into her personal methods of practise. It has also allowed Ilaria to access ports of different healing techniques ranging from forest therapy Shinrin Yoku to ayurvedic treatments all with a key purpose to help members heighten achievements of health and happiness independently every day.
As a big fan of dynamic sports and latin dances, Katrin Lesmier discovered her love for yoga on her very first yoga retreat in North Bali, 2015. In 2017, she decided to undergo a 200hrs Vinyasa Yoga teaching training, where she discovered the pleasure of sharing her knowledge and practice with others. Each of Katrin's classes will see her ample physical and spiritual knowledge being interwoven and on display to deepen students' understanding of the body as well as the shared link between thoughts and emotions. She is part of Ilaria's Happy Team, which means happiness and positivity will stand as the core pillars of each class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the company of each other in the recreational spaces of our Forest Bathing Tree House Retreat. Shared spaces include a relaxing yoga room decorated with hand-painted motifs of the Belle Époque style, 50 hectares of oak tree forests and to satisfy the taste buds, a welcoming dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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. Meals are prepared with locally farmed ingredients by a local chef to deliver an authentic taste of the nature. *Please notify us of any dietary requirements and allergies.
Be at peace and reunite with Mother Nature. Enjoy smooth sound sleep in one of the tree house cabins and experience a stunning display of dancing stars above your head as the night sky embraces you from the panoramic rooftops. Various classes and workshops will be held throughout the day overlooking pristine countryside fields and the companionship of wildlife in the woodlands.
Situated North of France amongst the laurel green countryside fields, 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.
With accessible modes of transport available across France, the domain is only a stone’s throw away from both Charles de Gaulle airport and Gare du Nord Station. Call a taxi outside the airport or station, quoting the below address to the driver. If traffic conditions permit, the total journey time from Charles de Gaulle airport is 30 minutes and from Gare du Nord Station, one hour. Alternatively, a transfer at an extra cost can be arranged to pick you up from either the airport or Gare du Nord station to bring you to the domain. Please contact us for further information regarding this service.
Address: Coucoo Grands Chênes, 1 Rue Jean Cocteau, 60810 Raray
An initiation ceremony takes place at 6pm, therefore, we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport/train station to the domain. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 4pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme includes activities scheduled until 1pm however, you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.
As a Nordic hot tub is available in all cabin suites, it would be advisable to bring a bathing suit and some comfortable work out clothes for the morning and evening activities.
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