Engage your senses in the Great Bear Rainforest
To escape - the act of breaking free.There are many ways in which we find escape. One personal favourite is to travel to distant places, eat exotic dishes and meet new people. Others prefer to free themselves of the hustle and bustle and sink into a slower rhythm, taking time to catch their breath. Here at Farewell Harbour, we have cultivated an equal mix of these styles in our new Escape Package. We created an experience that allows you the chance to stop, rest and enjoy the power of place our lodge has to offer but still maintain the option of exploring a little further afield if you wish. The art of doing nothing is explained perfectly by The New York Times as taking “conscious considered time to do activities like gazing out of a window”. This is not something that we find the time to do by ourselves, it is not promoted by our modern day culture where “busy is best”.
We all need to slow down sometimes, not just to help heal our physical exhaustion but also our mental stresses. It has been scientifically proven that spending time around water has a direct correlation with regulating the nervous system through the senses, in turn making us feel calmer. Wallace J Nichols calls this correlation “Blue Mind” and our location, with its endless vistas of Blackfish Sound and the Broughton Archipelago, encompasses this completely. So sit back, relax and let us take you on a journey of Farewell Harbour through the different senses...
|What are you feeling at the moment? Is it the soft material of your clothing? A breeze from a window you forgot you had left open? Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies and we put it through a lot. Did you know that just the feeling of water on your skin has an immediate impact on lowering your stress levels and mood (so go take that bath, you deserve it). Here in the Great Bear Rainforest, we spend our days out in the salty ocean breeze and summer sunshine, walking through cool forests or trekking mountain tops. The chance to take a leisurely morning stroll through our 30 acre private forest becomes a time to stop and take note of the feeling of the soft moss underfoot and ancient bark you brush by. Or sit on our deck overlooking the ocean and notice the salty breeze or warm sun on your skin. When we take note of what we are feeling, we realize just how soft and comforting the world can really be.
|Obviously you are looking at this blog at the moment but how do your eyes feel? Have you been looking at screens all day? Do they feel tired and itchy? Our eyes are bombarded with information all day every day but did you know that the colours we look at and even the distance we focus on has an effect of how we feel? There is a rule to help with this in your day to day called the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes spend 20 seconds (or more) and walk 20 feet away to either look out of a window, get a glass of water or have a chat. There are also colours that have been proven to slow the heart rate, calm our nervous system and lower stress hormones. The Broughton Archipelago is the perfect tonic for this with a natural palette of soft blues, forest greens and slate greys...even staring off into the distance is good for you!
|What can you smell at the moment? Take a moment to really notice and see how it makes you feel? Does it invoke a memory of something or make you feel anything? Our sense of smell is so closely linked with memory, more so than any other of our senses that it can bring up memories from decades ago in an instant. Where does the smell of the ocean take you? Or a wood fire on a chilly evening? These are just some of the smells that will become ingrained in your memory of Farewell Harbour Lodge and perhaps even the smell of a whale's breath, that isn’t something you’ll forget quickly!
|When was the last time you tasted the air? Or foraged when you were out for a walk? Taste is something that gets put to the back of our minds on a daily basis. We quickly eat a packaged sandwich because we have back to back meetings or we’re so exhausted by the time we get home we refuse to spend more than 20 minutes on dinner. Let us take some of that responsibility away from you. Our food is something guests leave the lodge not only complimenting but asking our chef for recipes in order to recreate their favourites at home (we managed to get the scone recipe, you're welcome). Spend your days tasting salty sedge, fresh salmon berries and even trying spruce sap before heading home to the delights of a three course supper overlooking the sunset.
|What can you hear right now? Traffic? People talking? The TV? Our senses are bombarded all day in our regular working lives, especially our hearing. It begins with the morning alarm and doesn’t really end until we go back to sleep. The irony is that all of this stimulation has actually meant that we listen less! When was the last time you enjoyed the sound of silence without turning on the radio or listening to a podcast. Our minds are most creative when we actually stop the stimuli and allow ourselves to approach “boredom”. The sounds of nature help with this, allowing our minds to slow down and actually hear the world around us. The remoteness of Farewell Harbour means our guests are filling their days instead with the sounds of chirruping eagles and the occasional sea lion bark or Humpback whale blow heard from our deck.
-- By Rebecca Crilly
Past Blog Posts
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Mar 25, 2022
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Feb 20, 2022
How Hammerhead Got a NameFind out how the humpback whale, Hammerhead, got named! This is one of our favourite stories to tell at Farewell Harbour Lodge.
Feb 1, 2022
Tomato Basil SoupCheck out Chef Dylan's recipe for his delicious homemade tomato basil soup!
Jan 14, 2022
Rainforest EcologyJoin us on an imaginary journey into the Great Bear Rainforest, and maybe along the way you'll learn some ecology!
Jan 3, 2022
Reflecting on 2021Winter is the time of year when we reflect on the past before looking ahead.
Dec 13, 2021
Winter at Farewell Harbour LodgeMeet Cecil and Marisa, our winter caretakers, and get a glimpse into their winter life at Farewell Harbour Lodge.
May 1, 2021
Wildlife Guide - BearsWe put together a quick, easy guide to help you better understand what to expect when you go bear viewing with Farewell Harbour Lodge!
Apr 24, 2021
Farewell Kitchen - Paul's CioppinoWe uncovered a recipe from the past and had to share it with you! Enjoy with a crisp white wine in the sunshine!
Apr 19, 2021
Top Tips for Photography at Farewell HarbourWe are lucky to have some very talented friends, who also happen to be professional photographers! We asked them for some of their top tips!
Apr 10, 2021
Wildlife Guide - WhalesFind out more about whale watching in the Broughton Archipelago, from what you should bring with you to the best time of year to visit!
Mar 24, 2021
The Rest of the StoryThere are many stories that came together for Farewell Harbour Lodge to be where it is now. Ryne Brockway, co-owner and friend, tells us his.
Mar 11, 2021
Sweet Potato CookiesChef Robyn's easy and delicious sweet potato cookie recipe! Perfect for a boost of energy when out on the trails or just need a little pick me up.
Mar 2, 2021
Staying Jung on Berry IslandHave you ever taken a personality test? We talk about how MBTI is used to create better working relationships and strong connections.
Feb 25, 2021
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Feb 11, 2021
A Love StoryTim tells us a Valentines Day story of how he and Kelli met and fell in love on this wild west coast.
Feb 2, 2021
The Forest Floor with MarlieOur rainforests are home to so much life! One of our guides, Marlie, helps us to notice the smaller things that are vital to its survival.
Jan 27, 2021
Going, going, SCONE!One of our guests' all time favourites! We get asked for this recipe more than any other, so here it is to enjoy from home.
Jan 17, 2021
A different perspectiveA wonderful way to see more of the vast landscape is by air! Read about one morning we took to the skies and experienced everything from mountain tops to sandy beaches.
Dec 21, 2020
Sea Kayaking with BeccaOne of our kayak guides, Becca, tells us why this is her favourite way to get even closer to nature and experience the Broughton Archipelago at its best.
Dec 18, 2020
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Nov 1, 2020
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