Wild Journey: My favorite meditation and sleep app [Awesome Apps]

Honestly, I think we could all do with a bit of Wild Journey in our lives. Wild Journey is my favorite mindfulness app for iPhone and iPad.

When I reach the end of the day and feel the need to relax and unwind, Wild Journey is the app I turn to. I find it helps me switch off and empty my mind like no other relaxation app. Let me explain why, starting with the basics.

Wild Journey is the best mindfulness app

In Wild Journey, you are introduced to a diverse array of immersive environments, all of which are ready for you to explore. Take a trip to the soothing Great Grove, Ruby Wetlands or relaxing Sunset Point and prepare to be transported to another realm. Connect your headphones, close your eyes and begin to unwind.

Wild Journey is the best mindfulness app.  Let your journey begin.
Let your mind unwind.
Screenshot: Joe White/Cult of Mac

What you’ll hear when visiting one of these locations is – well, everything. The chirrup of crickets. The babbling of a nearby stream. After a few deep breaths, it’ll feel as if you’re really there.

Whereas other mindfulness apps can be a little directive in their approach (“Do this, do that, feel this, feel that”), as a general rule, Wild Journey leaves everything up to you — and this is something I really appreciate. This is made possible by Wild Journey’s diverse soundscapes, which are some of the best I’ve encountered. Each one feels carefully crafted, rich and dynamic. With a soundscape playing, it’s incredibly easy to forget your worries and let your mind unwind.

Sleepscapes

While I sometimes launch Wild Journey and catch a few quiet moments in the midst of a busy day, I most enjoy visiting one of the app’s soundscapes right before bed. Wild Journey actually includes a dedicated Sleep tab, where users can program sleepscapes by adjusting both the composition of the soundscape, and how long it runs. And if you have a HomePod in your bedroom, Wild Journey lets you AirPlay the sleepscape so no awkward earphones or headphones are required (thankfully).

Taken by the hand

Personally, I love how Wild Journey’s soundscapes just leave you to it. But if you want to be taken by the hand on a more structured meditative journey, the app delivers. Over in the Experiences tab, users can access “mindful meditations” where they’re guided through meditations, one day at a time. These short meditation courses last anywhere between seven and three days, and cover a range of topics – from “achieve your goals” to “sleep better with rain.”

Best relaxation app is Wild Journey: If you find meditation slightly daunting, Wild Journey can ease you in.
If you find meditation slightly daunting, Wild Journey can ease you in.
Screenshot: Joe White/Cult of Mac

If, like me, you haven’t tried much in the way of structured meditation before, Wild Journey is a great place to start. Each of the daily meditations last around 10 minutes each, which I’ve found to be the perfect length for those new to the (sometimes) challenging art of meditation. Of course, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive selection of meditations, Wild Journey may seem limiting – we’d recommend Headspace or Calm for that. But for those looking to dip their toe, this app is the perfect place to begin.

Start your journey

If you haven’t found the right mindfulness app yet, Wild Journey is definitely one to try. After a few moments with Wild Journey, I’m always left feeling calmer, more refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge. It’s a free download with some free content, although you’ll want to subscribe to access the entire Wild Journey catalog. That will set you back $7 a month – a small price to pay for mindful bliss.

Price: Free

Download from: iOS App Store

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