Guest Activity: Star Bathing

couple in a blanket at night in sedona

What is Star Bathing?

The team at L’Auberge de Sedona has created a calendar of guest experiences that will inspire your Sedona visit while encouraging relaxation and reconnection to yourself, your partner, and to nature. Star Bathing is an experience that our spa and wellness team designed with the principles found in Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing). In the most basic sense, Forest Bathing, and now Star Bathing, gives you the opportunity to slow down and attune your mind and senses to the world around you. So often we find ourselves focused on the next “thing” rather than allowing ourselves to be present in the moment. Forest Bathing will give you the chance to listen to the creek and smell the air around you.  Star Bathing is a celebration of the dark skies of Sedona and fresh air of our high desert oasis.  This experience will assist you in connecting with nature while finding peace under the quiet starlit sky.  Our certified Forest Bathing facilitators will guide you toward heightening your other senses when vision is reduced by the darkness of night.  The facilitator will invite you to awaken and attune your senses to the smell of the fresh air, the rustle of the leaves, the taste in the wind; all while slowing down to meet the calm natural wonders of the night.

sedona mountains in front of the night skyThe New York Times Star Bathes

We are thrilled to share that the New York Times Travel section and NYTimes.com included our Star Bathing activity in their story titled, “Your Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars.” The article touches on the new travel trend, ‘astrotourism,’ and how it capitalizes on a destination’s dark, visible skies in order to enhance travel experiences and exploration. It calls out L’Auberge de Sedona as an innovative resort with complimentary Star Bathing, and details the experience and along starting room rates.

Experience Star Bathing

This experience is offered seasonally, currently on Wednesday evenings around sunset, to guests, and can be found on the weekly calendar.  It is also offered as a private session through L’Apothecary Spa.  Guests should dress warmly in comfortable shoes.  The facilitator will have a flashlight and blanket for each guest to lay on during the activity.  Star Bathing is appropriate for all fitness levels and for all ages, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To heighten your stargazing experience, we suggest our Written in the Stars Package.

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