An out of box experience. The art of living in harmony with nature's rhythm
About Heather McFarlane-Kolb
As a child and in married life I was driven, always finding good inspired energy and calm within the natural world, as a place to self-reflect, reboot and to contemplate life. I was introduced to Qii House in 2007 and was immediately captivated by its serene, pristine environment, fresh misty mountain air and rainforest canopy. Set high in marshmallow clouds was this quirky architectural jewel with its fishbowl" windows. I immediately saw its vision as a place for renewal and relaxation. I began restorative work in March 2015 and launched the business on Christmas Day 2016. It became known as Qii House Meditation and Relaxation Retreat.
Heather McFarlane-Kolb purchased this Hotel in 2007
Why Heather McFarlane-Kolb chose Benwerrin
The offering at Qii House is for a simple vision. The promotion of mindfulness and wellbeing is affected by engaging the natural environment, and in restoring energy balance and in healing. Time spent in nature meditation in simple luxury. To engage all the senses, to draw breath and to harvest the natural energy and nature's wisdom within the Great Otway Forest Park. It's about getting back to basics, blocking noise and shifting focus to the art of living in harmony with nature's rhythm. Qii house offers a perfect space to inspire a weary spirit and to digitally detox. By changing their inner attitudes of their minds, guests can expect to change the outer aspects of their lives towards a balanced healing lifestyle. Qii house is a travel destination giving a transformational wellness experience. Forest Therapy was endorsed as a researched based therapeutic modality in Japan by the World Economic Health Forum in 1984. Some health benefits associated with being around trees include, lower blood pressure, boosted immunity, and lower incidence of heart disease as well as being good for mental and spiritual wellbeing. I find it also aids sharper focus, greatr creative drive and supports meditation. The natural environment gives great restorative energy.
What makes this Hotel unique
For those seeking a deeper connection with nature, there is a kilometre rainforest "Forest Therapy" trail on the property; "The Zaborin Walk" meaning a place in the forest to 'sit and forget'. This theme is a derivation of Japanese Zen terminology. Awake in the wild meditation is a unique way to be in nature. "meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you to your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love." The thing about meditation is you become more and more you. The nature connection enhances the meditation experience, as guests can be guided by invitations along their "slow walk" to engage all senses and soak in the moment. Heather says "we often forget we are nature in the rush of a digital world. With population density in cities, this nature connection is lost and we lose the deeper connection with ourselves. In human evolution, people were immersed in nature and had a symbiotic connection with it. The researched based therapeutic benefits of being amongst trees are bountiful; including stress reduction which has a multi-factorial impact on disease processes. William Shakespeare once said "one touch of nature makes the whole world kin"..."only spread a fern frond over a man's head and worldly cares are cast out and freedom and beauty and peace come in." -John Muir-I have been planting multi-lingual peace poles along the nature trail with the silent prayer "May Peace Prevail on Earth". The reflective prayer is in 28 languages at present. Heather feels the message for world peace and inner peace bode well with the philosophy at Qii House and serves as a gentle reminder that all things great and small are connected.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 1:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Beautiful, original relaxing
The property is located approx 30 mins drive from Lorne and surrounded by beautiful forest. We loved the house which has so many different spots for sitting, eating and reading. The decor is original and very comfortable. We didn’t want to leave.,,
Thanking you kindly for your lovely review and for your kind appreciation and engaging respect for Qii House and its bushland setting. It was our pleasure to have you stay! I am thrilled you were able to enjoy the facilities and the many sit spots for the immersive experience in nature. So glad you felt at home and relaxed as part of your experience. I would welcome and love to host your stay again.
Extreme sense of excellency
Excellent arrangement and set up,also beautiful surrounding of nature
Qii House is situated within the Great Otway National Park and is a short 20 minute scenic drive to the National Heritage listed Great Ocean Road, its beautiful surf beaches and the attractions of Lorne township; one of Australia's top resort destinations. There are are mecca of waterfalls within a 10 kilometre radius, ample hiking tracks, picnic grounds and abundant flora and fauna. The Otway Park is an ancient Eco system and is an eco tourist's paradise. Lake Elizabeth is closeby where you can travel by canoe to enjoy platpii sight seeing. You will find kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and exotic birdlife daily. I love going to Erskine Falls and the walk along the river (7km) to the Lorne township. Also Blanket Leaf Picnic ground is close by and has BBQ facilities. There are abundent walking tracks and waterfalls to be seen. Fishing off the Lorne Pier is another favorite pass time; also a visit to Cumberland waterfalls is a recommendation. I also love to visit QDOS Arts.