The Biophilic wellbeing retreat curates an immersive mindful event to showcase the empowering journeys of the local regional community

March 2023- With mindfulness as the guiding spirit behind their stays, Woods At Sasan, a wellbeing retreat in the majestic Sasan Gir Forest of Gujarat, is the first of its kind in India - a retreat based on biophilia and grounded in sustainable practices.

The retreat believes in showcasing the destination, the people and their culture, and this Women’s Day, Woods At Sasan celebrated the inspiring journeys of the women of Sasan by providing them a platform to showcase their empowering experiences. Team Woods At Sasan collaborated with Happy Faces Foundation, an NGO geared towards empowering women to host an event at the retreat where the accomplishments of local women were celebrated. The health staff as well as the female staff of the property were also feted in this immersive community experience.

This conscious event showcased the encouraging journey of the Padma Shri Awardee- Hirbai Ibrahim Lodi who overcame great personal adversities to create local savings societies that encouraged other women to join and start their own savings plan and eventually contribute financially towards the needs of their family and children. This was followed by segments from Varshaben Ruparelia, a housewife who now successfully runs a hand-crafted wall-pieces business along with 20 other women from her villageMs. Riddhi the Taluka Health Officer spoke on the innate strength of women and how, through understanding, study and knowledge, they can affect positive changes in their lives. This was followed by an informative session on the Asiatic lions, a women-centric movie screening along with fun activities and a lunch at Terracotta restaurant serving the Indian specialties.

Marking this Women’s Day with an immersive mindful event, Woods At Sasan extends their belief that life is a series of interconnected events, always connected to oneself and the environment.

About Woods At Sasan

A modern retreat inside the Sasan Gir forest in Gujarat, Woods At Sasan by 1000 Island Hotels & Resorts, is a biophilic paradise set among 16 acres of mango orchard and lush forest, our retreat offers best-in-class wellbeing programming through a slow, sustainable, nature immersed lifestyle. With a blend of pared down and eco-conscious architecture designed to enhance interaction with nature, Woods At Sasan encourages self-exploration in a tranquil and serene atmosphere. SOM, the wellbeing chapter by 1000 Island Hotels & Resorts offers best in wellbeing programming and is created to honor a way of life that harmonizes mind, body and soul through a range of time honoured, evidence based eastern philosophies to promote a new path towards sustainable life habits through a modern expression. Through SOM wellbeing, we incorporate the practices of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation and sattvic nutrition along with nature expeditions and experiences. With Nature and Birding trails and culture and culinary immersions, Woods At Sasan offers a Destination First approach that brings alive the world of Sasan Gir.

Recognized as the best “Hotel Design of the Year” by Destination Deluxe Awards 2022, “Best Luxury Boutique Resort- Gujarat” by LUXlife’s Travel & Tourism Awards 2023, and “Best in Architectural Design Wellness (Spa, Yoga and Retreat)” by LIV Hospitality Awards 2022, Woods At Sasan has pioneered a sustainable system of hospitality that offers luxury wellbeing services based on observation, active engagement, learning, implementation and design.

1000 Island Hotels & Resorts is a forward-thinking and creative hub which architects retreats that enable joy, well-being and thoughtfulness. We design hospitality with meaning and hope. Inspiring meaningful choices, living environments and a positive lifestyle for all. With a pursuit of enabling destinations, 1000 Island Hotels & Resorts creates sustainable built environments and inclusive experiences to influence people all around us, across varied contexts. Fuelled by a passion to serve, our endeavour is a way of life.

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