For my mom's recent birthday, I got her a sweatshirt with this saying written on it:
I'm lucky enough to have a large chunk of forest directly behind our property, and I try and walk there almost daily. Sometimes long walks for exercise - sometimes short walks for serenity.
I go there to clear my head, and find peace. As a writer, I spend a lot of time on the computer, either writing, networking, or promoting. When it all gets a bit stressful, I go outside. Into the woods. And it heals me.
When I was younger, I rode horses almost everywhere. Now, I mostly walk. But it still has the same effect. Because I'm in the woods so often, I know when the salmonberry blooms, and when it ripens. I know where the wild honeysuckle grows, and the shy trillium unfolds its lovely bloom. Where the red huckleberry grows from the stump of an old cedar tree, and when the Swainson's Thrush arrive from the south, calling what? what? through the trees, before they begin their lovely flute-like melody that soothes my heart and makes me shiver with joy.
Do you have a place that brings you peace? Where do you go when you need to escape?