The Power of Retreating in the Woods

Craving a refreshed perspective on this little thing we call life? We may just have the solution… Retreat outdoors.

Nature has therapeutic healing powers for the mind and body. Spending time outside and away from the hustle and bustle of the city can boost creativity and improve wellbeing in unique ways. Take a break, retreat to the woods, and breath in the fresh air. You may be surprised how well it can cleanse your soul and spark creativity when you’re feeling a little lost.

In fact, there’s an actual practice named after this concept. Shinrin-yoku, developed in Japan, is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” The idea is simple: by relaxing and walking slowly through a forest, you can feel rejuvenating and restorative benefits.

Time in nature not only connects us to our emotional health, but also to our purpose, passions, and community. This October, AutoCamp Russian River is hosting a retreat that does just that. MTHR Collective is a creative retreat for all of the incredible mamas out there who are craving fresh air and inspiration. The retreat is designed for mothers who have an unwavering passion to create, and who have been looking for the right space to share, collaborate, inspire/be inspired by others, with the end goal that everyone leaves feeling both creatively re-centered and majorly supported.

Imagine yoga, guided meditation through the redwoods, craft workshops, speaker panels, campfire conversations, a pop-up market, hosted happy hours, and more, all amongst the trees. Imagine a more perfect setting than an outdoor Airstream resort in Northern California’s Russian River.

If you’re not a mama or you can’t attend the event, you still have the chance to cleanse your mind and get your creative juices flowing. Just simply find time to get away in the outdoors (even if it’s in a backyard or a park) with coworkers/friends/fellow creatives and relax, exercise, create art, share stories… you name it. You’ll find connection with your mind, body and each other.