Mind And Body Healing At Healience Zen Village With Trazy Korea
I recently had the opportunity to take part in the Mind and Body Healing Program, a two-day-one-night experience organized by English-speaking tour provider Trazy.com in South Korea. This program takes place at Healience Zen Village, located one hour outside of Seoul in Gangwon-do. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend in the mountains to clear your mind, this tour is for you!
WHAT IS TRAZY?
The fact that it is quite difficult for foreign travelers to find out about unique festivals, events and seasonal destinations around Korea gave the two friends Jahyun and Kristine the inspiration to create Trazy, or Travel Crazy Korea! The platform allows you to book trips to unique destinations in Seoul, Busan, Jeju Island and many other exciting destinations! The convenient shuttle services take you to the event/location and back home!
I also joined a day tour called ‘Seoul Vicinity: Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm’ with Trazy before.
Healience Zen Village
The name “Healience” is a combination of “healing” and “science.” Healience Seonmaeul is located deep in the mountains of Gangwon-do about 1 hours outside of Seoul. The village is the first wellbeing and healing center promoting healthy eating and exercise habits. Additionally, they offer meditation, yoga and crafts classes.
The first thing you will notice when arriving at the zen village is that getting from one place to another can be a bit of a hassle. For instance, to reach your room, you must hike through a small forest area for about 10 minutes. This intentional inconvenience is aimed at bringing us closer to nature.
“Human beings are most comfortable when in nature. We must set our feet into the earth; we must hope for the breeze to come into our rooms; we must not deny the fierce energy from the Sun and the Moon. I hope our guests will be able to feel the energy of the universe, even though there may be some inconveniences.” Lee Si-hyeong, M.D.
There are four main buildings on the property named after the four seasons. All buildings are made of eco-friendly materials and run on green energy. You can clearly recognize world-class architect Seung H-Sang’s philosophy “aesthetics of the poor” in the nature-friendly spaces at the village.
The fall building houses the welcome center and check-in area, as well as a workshop room, fitness room, and café. The fitness room, also called GX room, offers daily morning stretching and yoga classes led by trained professionals. In the workshop, you are encouraged to draw or color and get off the grid. The winter building features a lovely gallery with changing exhibitions as well as a beautiful garden.
The spring building houses the property’s restaurant. Meals are prepared with local ingredients by professional chefs after the motto “eat well, live well”. During your stay, you will be provided with two meals, dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second. The summer building is home to the business center, the only place at the village where you can access the Internet. On top of that, guests can use the spa at the summer building free of charge. Here, you can enjoy healing properties of two hot water pools for pure relaxation.
Traditional Korean Tai Chi Class
My personal highlight of the program was the traditional Korean Tai Chi class. The class was led by Professor You Do Hyun, one of the best experts and tai chi artists in the world. After a short energy flow performance, he taught our little group the basics of Korean Tai Chi followed by a Q&A session. When asked about the history of the martial art, he explained that the origin comes from China but spread across East Asia, where each individual country adapted their own distinct versions. The Tai Chi class takes place in a large wooden yurt in the middle of the premises.
If you decide to book this experience, pack a bag because you’ll spend a night at the village. The rooms are located in small mountain condos and also have a balcony with a spectacular view of the mountains. Moreover, the rooms come with a cozy skylight above the beds to view the stars and the moon at night. However, there is no TV in the room and you won’t have any service on your phone. The aim is to stay completely off the grid and enjoy being surrounded by nature without distractions.
Healience Zen Village 2D1N Stay Program – Mind & Body Healing DETAILS
Included in the price:
- 1-night stay at the village
- 2 healthy meals (dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 2)
- Use of facilities at the village
- Daily programs
- 1 set of modern hanbok (for rent)
- Bus to Seorak IC (Zen village staff will pick you up from the bus station upon request)
How to Get There:
Take bus no. 7000 at Jamsil Station (outside of exit 5) to Seorak IC Bus Terminal.
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