Olinda Woods Wellness Retreat

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🌿 Private Accommodation
🌿 Sustainable Forest Sanctuary
🌿 1hr from Melbourne
πŸ”œ Renovating - Opening Soon

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And then as we awaited potential snow to fall this week, the sun decided to shine for a spectacular winter Sunday in the hills! ✨
We are getting to close to opening now, it's time for a sneak peek πŸ™ˆπŸŒΏπŸ‘
Today the curtains and blinds are being installed!! Hoorayyyy!! ✨

But tbh, the real question we are all wondering is: will it or won't it snow at OWWR today?? πŸŒΏβ„οΈβ˜οΈ
Mossy 🌿
When your dedication means carrying 2 garden chairs across the CBD, on two different peak hour trains πŸ™ˆ
These will fit in perfectly at OWWR πŸŒΏπŸ˜‚
Let's find some beautiful place to get lost... 🌿
Spa dreaming... Or spa reality?!!
Thought it best to test drive our new spa - it sure is steamy in here β™¨οΈπŸ›€
Have you heard about trees communicating? 
We've all seen Avatar;
But it wasn't until I watched the amazing Ted talk by forester Suzanne Simard titled 'How trees talk to each other' that I was educated in the extent to which forests are truly alive and communicating.

As caretakers of the forest here at OWWR, it is our responsibility to enable this complex system to thrive. Through reducing and managing destructive weeds, through to planting indigenous trees of the Dandenong Ranges back into the landscape, we can allow for the needs of this environment to flourish.

We also invite you to spend time here in our little forest. 
And as Simard mentions, this is one way that you can become part of the solution. Spend some time in a forest today <3
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πŸ“· of OWWR magnificent grandfather tree 🌿
When your weekend ahead consists of soft organic cotton sheets πŸ’­
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According to the Global Organic Textile Standard, 'textile processing results in the often inadequately treated discharge of toxic chemical into the air and water, as well as hazardous workplace situations. Chemicals commonly used in textile processing can cause cancer, birth defects, and other serious illnesses.

The use of organic materials alone is not enough. When using organically produced materials, farm workers and environment are protected. 
When manufactured without using hazardous chemicals, factory workers and environment are protected.

When there are no harmful residues in the end product, consumers are protected.' You will sleep well here at OWWR, knowing that we have made you bed with organic and fair-trade linens for your wellbeing, and that of the community, and the earth. 🌿
And the sun says to rise again 🌿
The long and winding roads,
That lead, to your door.. 🎢

It's wet and icy out there today Melbourne! But always beautiful up here in the hills - - the mist, the ferns, the fresh air... 🌿
Hugging is good medicine. 
It transfers energy and gives the reciever an emotional lift. 
You need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 for growth. 
Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don't have the words for. 
Hugging also releases the feel good hormone oxytocin. It has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, and boost the immune system. 
And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can't give one without receiving one! 🌿
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Throwback to John sharing in some wisdom with this beautiful gum ✨
July is flying by!!
How is everyone going with your  Plastic Free July pledges?? It's been interesting for us, as there are some things we've got down without a problem- like reusable cups, lunch boxes and cutlery, not using cling wrap, bamboo cotton buds, and reusable shopping bags... But, there are some plastics that have been difficult to steer away from, particularly with renovations and moving.

Packaged foods are also one of our daily challenges because some foods are always in plastic,  like tempeh and tofu for example. If you don't have a car or live next to a bulk food store, it's tricky to make other choices. 
This kind of thing requires lifestyle changes that cant happen overnight, and really highlights the need for societal changes to happen too.

This really is a challenge, but one worth continuing - even if you  have fallen away from your initial goals for this month; because really, it extends way beyond this month alone.

So, what have you been doing well, and what have you found difficult to change? 
I'd love to hear about it, as together we can help make the change. 🌿