Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Cleansing, Healing, Creativity Regenerating Powers of Nature (With No Technology)

I often say The Hostel in the Forest is my favorite place in the world. On our recent trip, with my camera hidden nearly the whole trip, I finally deciphered exactly why it's such a magical, blissful space.


It starts on the walk to the Hostel. You follow the soft, dusty path through the forest to arrive at the cluster of dome and treehouses and while you do it, something amazing happens. All your problems are where you left them, back in the "real world" outside of the trees. The pace of the world suddenly slows. You're not frantic, you're not thinking of your next blog or social media update. Electronic use is forbidden in public spaces at the hostel so you explore, read, write on paper (le gasp) and just take in all the beautiful natural scenery around you. And this does amazing things for your creativity, the rest, the lack of distractions, sets it afire with ideas.

(Our cabin situated in a tree on our recent trip to the Hostel in the Forrest. Surrounded on all sides by nature, so peaceful you never want to leave. I only let myself take a few photos and then left my SLR camera in the cabin. It was hard but essential. )

It's hard for me because one I get sucked into work I never want to stop (I love what I do!) but I need to make more time for creativity-boosting no technology natures walks every week! After my recent adventures in nature I feel ready to just move to the woods and only occasionally come back to civilization! That delicious slow pace is paradise.

You don't have to be a magical hostel to do this. But a walk through a nature trail or some extended time in nature (leave your phone, and maybe even your SLR camera behind, especially if that's your "work") could be just what you need if you're overworked.

Note: I have more photos of the whole gorgeous hostel here and here.
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14 comments:

  1. Great post. I just spent over a week camping at a state park. I read 3 books, didn't miss tv and explored the countryside. Next time no technology and go back to paper maps for navigating.

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    1. That sounds like bliss! I am telling myself the same for the next off the grid trip, you really don't miss the tv, it's like we're living the way we're "meant" to.

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  2. Since we don't have beaches here, walking in the forest is my 2nd favorite way of regenerating!
    It feels great to take a break from technology and just be.
    Your cabin looks so cozy!

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    1. It was a gorgeous treehouse with one of the walls painted with a new age mural. I *love* all the themed cabins at the hostel in the forest :D

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  3. This place sounds heavenly. I must admit that it's hard nowadays to disconnect from all the technological stuff we have. I totally agree that we have to do stuff like staying at places like this to connect and just chill and let our minds wander, you know?

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    1. Yep, agreed! Being constantly plugged in is bad for creativity...and the soul in general!

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  4. This place sounds wonderful! Going for a nature walk or a hike always recharges my batteries. It is such a simple way to stay sane in our busy lives. :)

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    1. That's a good way to put it, a sanity-keeper!

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  5. For me it is the ocean/lake/sea/river. I can totally see why you love that place. We are running away for a weekend to a little island nearby in October and I can't wait!

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    1. That island stay in October sounds WONDERFUL! I was thinking that on a walk yesterday, that anything waterfront is just as initiatively relaxing. Makes sense because all of our ancestors had to be near running water to survive. :D

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  6. This looks like such a beautiful peaceful place. Sometimes its necessary to make a mindful decision to leave technology behind for a short time.

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    1. Definitely! Living in the present moment is such a lost art now.

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