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Experiencing Peace of Mind with vitanature+ and Eco Explorations

Here’s how you can get up close and personal with nature and calm your mind without venturing too far out into the wild

We all need a break sometimes, and it’s best to take it as soon as we have the opportunity because letting our exhaustion, anxiety, and other negative emotions stew can make things worse. This was more or less the collective energy that surrounded our small group—comprised of writers, editors, and PR and marketing practitioners working high-stress jobs—the day we turned up, all bleary-eyed and bone-tired, at the meeting place for our Eco Explorations experience. 

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What is forest bathing, anyway? Some people think of it as a low impact fitness trend; others see it as immersive engagement with the natural world. It can be a bit of both depending on where you’re headed, and the rest depends on what you get out of the experience. The Japanese conceptualized this activity in the 1980s as an antidote to burnout and as a means of encouraging city dwellers to reconnect with their forests. The rest of the world eventually caught up, realizing that mindfully immersing one’s self in nature is one of the best forms of therapy. 


A (relatively) easy forest bathing trek through Barangay Calawis, Antipolo and a sound healing experience at the end of it all? Music to a desk job worker’s ears. 

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The vitanature+ brand prides itself in being a wellness advocate that connects its customers with nature through its arsenal of product offerings. It minimizes its carbon footprint and reduces waste output by employing eco-friendly practices for production and packaging, and donates a portion of its proceeds to reforestation causes. To further solidify its “for people and planet” mentality, the brand thought to get the media representatives to commune with nature through this unique experience, which was very much appreciated by all involved.


P.S. If you’re a coffee fan, drop by Ahon Coffee along Sumulong Highway on your way to the drop-off point. You’re welcome.


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Forest bathing involves many moments of mindful silence. Our guide would bring us to a certain area and give us 10-20 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time before summoning us back à la the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Because we were trekking along a dam area, most of the area was surrounded by shallow water, so you have to be ready to get your feet wet. Most of us didn’t mind because the heat has been something else lately, and the chance to cool off in any way was more boon than bane. But as a restless soul, I didn’t take to quiet time very well. Instead, I found therapy in exploring—in following the sound of the water and in discovering new nooks and crannies—and in quiet conversations with new acquaintances. As per our guide, there’s no wrong or right way to go about forest bathing; you are free to engage in what brings you peace. 

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I identify as a highly auditory learner, meaning I understand things best when I hear them, so I found myself genuinely looking forward to the sound healing bit. It’s a multidimensional form of therapy that combines different sound elements to settle your energy and trigger a relaxed response. Vibrations can have a bigger impact on our minds than we think; the sound generated by the bowls sound healing practitioners use slow down our brain waves and put us in a dreamlike state. While not all of us were able to fall asleep—I was one of those who fell asleep easily and woke up at the end—we all felt rested and refreshed after the session. We also received delicious rice meals prepared by the skillful cooks in the community, which we pretty much devoured. All in all, it was an enlightening experience that helped us realign our respective universes with the one that we inhabit. 10/10 would do this again!

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About vitanature+ Kalin Scalp Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner

Clean beauty meets science-backed research in this all-natural haircare duo, which posits a solution to your dandruff problems, resulting in a healthier scalp. It is paraben- and silicone-free, as well as cruelty-free. What makes it unique is its Bio-Scalp Defense System: a combination of Black Glutinous Rice for anti-hair loss, Salicylic Acid for a deep scalp cleanse, and 10 natural ingredients for overall hair health. 


vitanature+ Kalin Scalp Treatment Shampoo (P990) and vitanature+ Kalin Scalp Treatment Conditioner (P990) are exclusively available at the official vitanature+ store at Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop.


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