WabiSabi Culture is a place dedicated to peace, meditation, contemplation and meditative art.
WabiSabi is a place where you can pacify the mind and body and balance the energies in an atmosphere of ‘wabi’ natural and ‘sabi’ transient beauty. At Wabisabi you can spend your relaxation holiday or regeneration weekend, enjoy a relaxing Japanese bath or enjoy organic green tea in a natural and harmonious atmosphere.
The receptive structure is an example of Italian-Japanese Rural Bio architectonic integration and consists of 3 stone and wood houses. The bio-restoration that lasted 6 years, followed the rules of green building by using colored sand, plaster and straw of barley and wheat, beams of wood, bamboo, cork to insulate and isolate, pebbles and stones to outline the external routes.
Ima is the living room where you can bask in front of an imposing fireplace made of solid oak, lying on a comfortable futon covered by Vintage indigo boro fabric while tasting a fine Japanese Sencha green tea.
Ryokan – Japanese definition given to the old country inns
The Ryokan is nested in a forest of pine trees, maples, peonies, wisteria, lavender and cosmos flowers, arranged on three levels connected by stone paths and a small lake inhabited by colorful koi. In the cozy and warm inside you can experience the lifestyle of ancient Japan. All rooms have precious traditional tatami (straw mats cleverly woven by master craftsmen of Kyoto) framed in elegant forms that together form a comfortable and healthy floor, natural space to roll out the practical cotton mattresses futons that once used are folded and put away to leave the room cleared and suitable for other activities. In fact, in the ancient Japanese tradition, the rooms are dedicated for different purposes, representing the impermanence of the activities and the emptiness of the spaces. The smooth lighting in the rooms is by the magic Tsuki-Moon Washi handmade paper lanterns.
The Japanese have opened the path to prosperity with an ancient ritual of beauty and purification of body and soul. Ofuro is almost a religion in Japan, it is no coincidence that we find in the Shinto religion, the origin of the Japanese bath. Ofuro at the Ryokan WabiSabi has been designed and assembled by hand by a master craftsman from Tokyo. The Ofuro is made by Hinoki wood with knots (Japanese cypress), fine and fragrant essence of the Kiso Valley. The essential oils of Hinoki released by hot water are helpful to reduce stress. Ofuro are part of the Japanese ritual of bathing and are not used for washing but for relaxing. Washing is carried out separately outside and only when completely clean you can enter completely nude. Japanese have no problem bathing together nude, so if you’re not comfortable with this, it’s probably best to skip the experience.
At WabiSabi you can take part of the many courses and activities such Sado (Tea Ceremony), Ikebana – Chabana (or Kado, the path of flowers), Origami, Shodo, Meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, Tantra di Kalacakra. You can also receive cuddles from some of the fifteen adorable cats or Peo, the dog.
It’s a unique place in the heart of Italy, in the Marche region, one of a kind in Europe. From our experience we can strongly recommend a visit.
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