Written by Nicholas Valsamis

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
— Joseph Conrad
Room + Rainforest Photo property of Keemala.

Room + Rainforest Photo property of Keemala.

You are calm; the ancient rocks beneath you embedded with lichen, cushion and emit a comfortable and balanced sacred energy through your body. Each breath, an abundance of oxygen-rich air as you feel the weight of the world dissipate around you. An animal in the distance makes a break through the dense bush, a hawk soars overhead. A clean, crisp breeze carries with it the scent of wildflowers while lush flora and fauna remind you of the beauty and magic of this fertile landscape. These lands, in their entirety, perfectly play host to the human collective.

Room + Salt Flats. Photo property of Kachi Lodge.

Room + Salt Flats. Photo property of Kachi Lodge.

Absorbing the awe inspiring wild of our vast land-based scenery seems to activate our sense of interconnectedness with mother earth and truly ground us.
Room + Desert. Photo property of Shipwreck Lodge.

Room + Desert. Photo property of Shipwreck Lodge.

The experience of ones exploration within the remaining untouched reaches of the earth’s continents brings with it many healing properties. This knowledge practised and shared by our ancestors seems to have been misplaced and undervalued in present day teachings and society. It is our generation and the generations to come that must revisit these principles and make a conscious decision of how to protect, nourish and rebuild our once respected wild lands.

Room + Bambu Jungle. Photo property of Bambu Indah.

Room + Bambu Jungle. Photo property of Bambu Indah.

Inner land masses rich with dense ancient forests, vast tundra, rolling plateaus, seemingly endless deserts and ever-changing grassy plains, all evolved over millions of years, as if moulded by a magician in a laboratory. These sedimentary layers are the foundations that withhold the only known home to oxygen-breathing mammals in our known universe.

Room + Outback. Photo property of Longitude 131.

Room + Outback. Photo property of Longitude 131.

Immerse your senses. Realign, ground and centre yourself.

When you seek to experience the fullest from these landscape you must remove the idea of the importance of the destination and embrace the journey. You are not hiking to a place but bathing in the moment among your environment. Whether this be in lush jungle or rolling meadows, you will truly be in the right place to rebuild and reconnect. It is that moment of being present that true mindfulness occurs and the interconnectedness of our natural environment seems to act as the vehicle driving us towards and inside of it.

Room + Forest. Photo property of Treehotel.

Room + Forest. Photo property of Treehotel.

The power and wisdom of a 250 foot, quiet giant that was in that very spot before your great grandparents were born. The strength of the tectonic plates that make up the continental shelves rich in minerals and organic material as old as the stars in our galaxy. It is these ideas and concepts that resonate feelings of stability and decrease your cortisol levels. When you find yourself entrenched in these rich ecosystems, time seems to slow down as does your heart rate and blood pressure. You stop and refocus as your retinas become more relaxed from the lack of artificial deflections of light we are so used to in man-made urban metropolis’. This softens your gaze and releases tension in your facial muscles making you more attentive, relaxed and receptive. The moist, nutrient-rich earth acting as aromatherapy increasing your serotonin levels elevating your overall mood. The release of antimicrobial essential oils from the soil, trees and foliage called phytoncides, boosts your immune system. This in turn reducing stress, anxiety, confusion and, ultimately, creating an arena for the healing of your mind and body.

Your bare feet connecting to the earth’s foundation, housing every human that has ever lived, is a thought that only seems to come to mind when you are truly in the heart of these wild, earthy landscapes.
Room + Sand Dunes. Image property of Casa Na Areia.

Room + Sand Dunes. Image property of Casa Na Areia.

As we explore the word “grounding” we must think of the literal, scientific, philosophical and spiritual meanings behind it and allow it be our own interpretation. This state of being centred or grounded is nourished by allowing true detachment from our societal norms and out into the world around us. It is the discovery of ourselves while traveling to these protected natural landscapes, that we are exposed to a new perspective and way of being.

It is here that we learn that our differences actually really stem from the interconnectedness of all things. This act of “ losing yourself”  in the art of travel, can be more accurately perceived as the art of placing aside preconceived conditionings and returning to oneself. Thus creating the sensation of feeling at home, not because our surroundings are familiar, but because we are at home within our own bodies, because we are at home within nature, at home within these lands.

In the pursuit of exploring and traversing these far off lands, you must let the mystery pull you away from the safety and comfort of the roads and street signs, so you may come to know the purity of who you really are - a being aligned in both body, mind and spirit.

To truly experience the connection with our home mother earth one must actively participate in the appreciation and development of being and living within it.


Join us in this adventure of self discovery and purpose

Reconnect with nature, your body, and mind at some of the most unique wellness stays in the world. Stimulate your creativity. Do a complete digital detox. Embrace the art of mindfulness. Connect with the elements. Realign, ground and centre yourself and be at one with the wildly respected and nourishing landscapes. Enter Room + Land to begin your journey.

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