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Wellness at Skamania

Nature is the Best Medicine

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Are you ready for some summer travel therapy? Check out what's happening this summer at Skamania like scavenger hunts, Vine Gogh paint classes, yoga classes and so much more!

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Forest Bathing

Tips to Unlocking Nature's Therapy

What is it?

In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries created the term "shinrin-yoku", which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required. It’s also very low impact, which means you don’t have to go for trail runs or do an intense hike. The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of a natural setting. 

Step 1: Devices Away

The entire point of forest bathing is to unplug and take a break from technology. It's okay to bring a phone incase you need GPS, safety or the occasional photo op. But to fully engage and lean into the experience, it's best to limit devices (and silence them) as much as possible inorder to allow your senses to take complete control. 

Step 2: Engage the 5 Senses

Tapping into each of your five senses will engage a full-body forest bathing experience. Listen to the sounds of nature - the birds chirp or the breeze rustle the leaves. Feel the bark of the old-growth Douglas Firs and earth beneath your feet. Take slow deep breaths and taste the crisp evergreen air. Be present and mindful to your surroundings, taking in each sensory experience one at a time. 

Step 3: Go Slow

Forest bathing is a slow, almost meditative experience. Allow yourself to take time and practice gratitude along your journey, even bring a journel to write down your observations and thoughts. Stop every once in a while to absorb your surroundings. Be still. Take your time. Forest bathing does not have to be like a hike. In fact, distance doesn't necessarily matter. It's totally fine to just sit in the same spot or walk in a short vicinity. The most important practice is to be mindful along your way. 

"Everyone should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day...unless you're busy. Then you should sit for an hour." 

Outdoor Gym

The Gorge Loop Fitness Trail


The more we exercise outdoors in nature, the more we stimulate our immune system, boost our mood and improve overall health. At Skamania, our passion for wellness and nature inspired us to connect our guests with an organic outlet to relieve stress, stimulate endorphins and engage in fun fitness activities as a group or individual.

Fitness Trail Features

  • Challenging 0.9-mile trail loop
  • 5 fitness stations
  • 17 total body exercise activities
  • Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced exercise modifications
  • Eco-friendly TimberForm fitness equipment made locally in the Pacific Northwest
  • Views of the Columbia River, Cascade Mountains & Zip Lines overhead

Take a Dip in Relaxation

Pool & Hot Tubs


An active lifestyle calls for ample relaxation and recovery. Melt stress or sore muscles with a soak in our indoor and outdoor whirlpool hot tubs overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Reward yourself with a glass of wine under the stars while you enjoy the hot tub adults 21+ only on Friday & Saturdy evenings. 

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