Sometimes finding stillness in retreat is needed. The other week I took off for The Refuge at in Carmel Valley as a birthday gift to myself, with a girlfriend. My mind kept going to Bath. That English town where the gentry would go to take the waters to heal. I was enthralled to visit this Sanctuary of Silence.
No photographs or technology of any kind is allowed inside so I my snapping hand was stilled. It was a divine treat because I had nowhere to go but the present. The space is built up against a hill and is 80% outdoors. Nature inspired pools invited us to dip our toes in hot and cold waters.
Hot indoor rooms got us started. Sauna for dry heat or steam rooms for wet. The method is hot – dry or wet and then plunge into cold, relax and do it again. You can dip into the hot and cold pools in between hanging out at the fire outdoor pits or rooms of reclining on zero gravity chairs facing the view – my favorite position. Hill views of vegetation with only the sound of water and birds singing. Lying in pools under cascading water anointing my crown with liquid peace. Magical, fiery and soothing all at once.
Had me think about the importance of water in ritual and relaxation, and wondering how I could recreate the experience at home. Do you have a pool or a pond to relax in and get away from it all?
Perhaps a bath with a skylight or a window to create that feeling of escape into solitude, time to reflect and reconnect. There are many ways to bring nature indoors in a bathroom. If you cannot have a window, use a mirror, a mural or fill your bathroom with plants. Hang a few over the tub, in clusters at different heights and place some on the floor.
Bring in candles and some bowls of scented water with floating flowers. Pipe in a sound system that plays the sound of nature. Add some Turkish towels or a fluffy bathrobe. Scented oils in old pharmacy jars, and consider painting the ceiling so you are gazing up at the stars or a bower of leaves.
What is your favorite space to spa in? What is the best part of spending time in your bathroom? Would you consider having an outside tub? Share in a comment below: If you are looking for help creating a sanctuary in one room, many rooms or your life, check out my services page, I would love to help you make room for you in your life.