After returning to Vorarlberg, Johannes also moved back to Schwarzenberg and now lives in a 350-year-old house near Bödele. Renovations at the property are still ongoing. Johannes, who is completely his father’s son, knows exactly what he’ s doing. To this day, he also still helps out in his brother’s business. Nevertheless, one thing is clear to him: “I want to work with people. A year ago I completed a shiatsu training, I am completing a cranio-sacral therapy training, and I am also a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. The different methods are like tools that I can choose from like a toolbox. When someone comes to me, I can respond to their needs appropriately.”
Johannes also offers courses and treatments under the name “Shiwayo.” Shiwayo is a combination of shiatsu, yoga and forest (Wald in German). “I always draw from nature and I can only work as a therapist when I have balance myself. So I draw strength from the cold streams of the Bregenzerwald and from the trees of the Bödele area.” There it is again: the tree, the wood. Working with wood and working with people have more in common than one might think at first glance.
“My favourite tree is the Swiss stone pine,” says Wolfgang, “It majestically defies both wind and weather high up in the mountains. Its wood is oily, regulates humidity, and is therefore perfect as a bed frame. Every type of wood has its own special qualities. Working with wood means developing an appreciation for it’s character. I want to honour where it grows and treat it right. That includes harvesting it at the right moon from local forests.”
Time is also an important factor for Johannes. “We all live far too fast, we hardly have time to catch our breath. Yet we could learn from trees and how they live with the seasons and follow the rhythm of nature. I often look at the old panelled ceiling in my farmhouse. It reminds me of how long the wood had to grow, how long it was stored before it could be fitted. Our ancestors knew all this and the wood recounts the story at its own pace. We just have to learn to listen.”
Author: Carina Jielg
Issue: Bregenzerwald Travel Magazine – Summer 2021