In under two hours, you can travel from the bustling midtown Manhattan scene to a Japanese-inspired wellness retreat in Southhampton.

Shou Sugi Ban House is located in Watermill, Southhampton and has yoga, wellness foods and access to daily walks on the beach.

This large, gated compound was once a sculpture park but is now filled with beautiful fountains, reflective pools, and Japanese gardens to induce complete serenity.

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All meals at this wellness retreat are served at a large communal table which faces an open kitchen.

The menu consists of fresh, seasonal items. Shou Sugi Ban House prides themselves on known where your food and medicine comes from and many of the herbs and plants are either grown on local farms or in their gardens.

Sample of their menu:


Rice bowl with poached egg and marinated seaweed served with raw and pickled vegetable

Ancient grains porridge, dried fruits and almonds


Silken tofu with walnuts, salted plums served with warm mushroom broth


Whole roasted cauliflower with black garlic and miso served with spring cabbage and nasturtium tacos

Baked brook trout with fermented beans and sprouts served with new potatoes cooked in chamomile and grilled cucumber

Frozen young beets with glazed rhubarb and red currants

You can spend your days at the spa while getting a facial or heading to the meditation hall for a yin yoga class (slow-paced style of modern yoga) which is led by one of the compounds female healers.

End your day by relaxing and sun bathing — getting in essential vitamin D.

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The staff at Shou Sugi Ban House believe that healing your body involves nutritious food, exercise, and pampering while heightening your self-awareness.

The buildings in the compound are heated and cooled using a geothermal system — reducing their carbon footprint.

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Shou Sugi Ban House offers weekend, week-long and cleansing retreats.