Journeys that broaden your horizons and change your life at the same time, physical and mental experiences that have a lasting beneficial effect on body, mind and soul ... Travellers can experience all this and more during a spiritual time-out in the green heart of Austria.
„Spend some time alone every day.“
Between work and the challenges of everyday life, one's own needs often get pushed aside. But the longer stressful phases last, the greater the longing for a period of relaxation becomes.
A time-out in the green heart of Austria can help you develop new routines in an unfamiliar environment. During a stay at a monastery in the midst of a natural landscape that emanates peace and quiet. While on a pilgrimage on the Mariazell Route or the Way of St. James, probably the two best-known pilgrimage routes in the Alpine region. Or while doing yoga – on the mountain, by the water, or in the midst of a vineyard. In Styria, you can choose from a variety of ways to achieve inner balance.
Abbeys and monasteries offer a unique atmosphere, allowing you to leave your problems and the hectic pace of everyday life behind as soon as you enter. Without smartphones, TVs or other distractions, you can enjoy contemplative moments of inner reflection. For centuries, monasteries and convents have exuded an air of calm, making them ideal retreats ...
... to pause and reflect,
... to sharpen your senses and
... to achieve clarity of thought.
Styria's monasteries and convents invite you to unwind in quiet surroundings and escape the stresses of modern-day life. During a time-out in this peaceful environment, far away from everything, you can draw new strength and find time to reflect on your values and what truly matters.
Keep moving and still find peace: Walking meditation is a well-known practice in Buddhism. But in Christian monasteries, too, monks and nuns meditate while walking or while they practise silence.
Pilgrimages in Styria have a similar meditative character. The clear aim of a pilgrimage is to gather experiences on the often long journey – usually, to a holy place. At the same time, they're a journey to oneself and perhaps also to one's faith.
As yoga originated in India, its roots lie in Hinduism and, partially, Buddhism. During yoga practice, energies start to flow and the body is strengthened. Light yoga and mindfulness exercises can help reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
Those who do not pay attention to their inner voice for a long time often lose sight of their own needs. Styria, the green heart of Austria, is the perfect place to rediscover and relearn mindfulness.
On Styrian alpine pastures, surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, or at a wellness hotel: A targeted yoga practice helps you become aware of any sensations and emotions, step by step.
Even small spiritual experiences can bring about big changes. Weeks of stress don't just affect your mind – they can also lead to tension. Soothing massages help relieve pain in your neck and shoulders.
Special treatments with spring or thermal water and other resources from nature promote wellbeing.