Chances are you’ve heard of ‘forest bathing’ – known in Japan as shinrin yoku. It’s the act of being calm and quiet while in the surroundings of trees. The term first emerged in the 1980s, although, it only became popular in recent years as the demand for health and wellness experiences have grown.
But now, a new trend is set to take over. Hoshi yoku, or ‘starbathing’, is all about spending time under the night sky for improved headspace and mental clarity. Much like forest bathing, it's all about being mindful and connected to your natural surroundings and being in the present moment: something many travellers are now striving to achieve on their adventures.
Starbathing can be performed anywhere where there is good visibility, but for those wanting to transform it into the ultimate wellness experience, we suggest turning your attention to Tasmania – or lutruwita, as it's known by its Aboriginal inhabitants. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, just south of mainland Australia, Tasmania is not only a wonderful place to admire clear dark skies, but it's also one of the world's best places to see the southern lights (Aurora Australis) during its winter months (May to August).
Here, we highlight some of the top ways to experience starbathing in the Australian island state, including dark sky retreats, guided astronomy evenings, and unique accomodation options for private gazing.