When in Batangas: The Farm at San Benito

The Farm at San Benito is a vast ten-hectare sanctuary that holds an exceptional experience of holistic recuperation physically, mentally, and spiritually. It’s the place to be if you want to detach yourself from the rest of the world. The sight of lush green, the sound of nature, and the touch of mountain breeze (it’s near Mount Malarayat) provide that sense of peace.

Entering The Farm may give you all the right in the world to simply sit and do nothing, but if you are wondering what specific activities you can do to maximize your stay, here’s a list of what you can do:

1. Meditate
Meditation has a lot of benefits, both for the body and the mind. It’s good for blood circulation, eases stress, and relaxes the mind. Basically, meditation is an act of sitting or lying comfortably, closing the eyes, breathing naturally, and focusing the attention to the breath as you slowly exhale the negative energy and inhale positive energy. It’s quite simple, but it needs a suitable place for it.

The Farm is the perfect place. Believe me, it seems that every corner of this sanctuary can pass as a meditation area. For one, the entire place has serenity spelled all over that you can immediately connect to your inner self for meditation.

Here are meditation areas inside The Farm that I consider my favorite:
At the east side of the lagoon.
Underneath the Sulu Terrace where we stayed at.
At the south side of the lagoon
2. Attend the Yochilates class
Yochilates is basically a combination of three exercises, namely Tai chi, Yoga, and Pilates. It involves skills in meditating, stretching, balancing, and abs strengthening. It may be quite a challenge at first but it’s easy to get the hang of it. The one-hour session with the instructor will make you feel stronger.
This class is held inside the Jungle Gym and if you think it’s boring to stay inside this gym, then you’re wrong. The gym is a glass box with huge windows surrounded by trees and plants.

3. Join the Horticulture Walk
The horticulture walk is a one-hour walking tour and lecture on herbal plants by a resident plant expert Mang Elmo.
He provided knowledge on plants that were worth listening to. In my own experience, for example, I honestly know less about plants. I can hardly distinguish the name of plants or trees, so joining the horticulture walk was a breath of fresh air that opened my eyes to new ideas. I learned that there are plants that can heal many ailments and most of them are just sitting there at the backyard.


4. Watch the Food Demo
The Farm at San Benito boasts their one-of-a-kind restaurant Alive! What sets it apart is that they serve vegan dishes, which are guaranteed fresh and organic because the ingredients come from their garden of herbs and vegetables!
Eating vegan food has always been good, but learning how to make it is better. On our first day, a food demo on three simple dishes was presented by Assistant Chef Elmer.
He showed us how to make orange balsamic dressing (top left), green lentil pâté (top right), and milk-less coconut ice cream in vanilla (bottom left) and chocolate (bottom right) flavors.

Aside from seeing how it’s done, what makes this activity enjoyable is the food tasting! All of them were delicious. Not to mention that they are very healthy too!

This activity is for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

5. Go for a Dip into the Waterfalls
There are three public swimming pools at the Farm but my favorite has got to be the man-made waterfalls located at the Healing Sanctuary area. The rushing water coming from the average size waterfalls was very relaxing. Also, the water pressure gave me a good hydrotherapy massage.
It’s also a good place for meditation. There are a few seats near the waterfalls where one can sit and meditate. The sound of the waterfalls is incomparable.

The Farm at San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City Batangas, Philippines 4217
Office Tel: +632 884 1150




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