Providing  Forest Bathing/Shinrin Yoku /Forest Therapy Guided Experiences
2021 Offerings

Forest Bathing Trail

Connect to Wilderness

Walks are available at Hidden Pond Luxury Resort only if you you are staying at Hidden Pond Luxury Resort or the Tides Beach Club. These walks can also be scheduled by anyone at Clifford Park in Biddeford, Two Lights or Crescent Beach State Parks in Cape Elizabeth, Gilsland  Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth or Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal (near Freeport).   

 
 

To Schedule a Walk Please Fill Out This Form. I will respond confirming the time you have identified is available. If it is not; we can find another that will work with your schedule. You can also call me at (207) 310-8708.

Forest Therapy Guided Walk
Join Jeanne Christie of Connect to Wilderness for a Forest Therapy Guided Walk; a special opportunity to connect deeply with nature.  The walk includes a series of invitations that encourage you to use all your senses while slowly walking on a trail, wandering independently or just sitting.  After each invitation there is an opportunity to share. A special tea ceremony with snacks is held at the conclusion. The guide will make available mats and stools for participants.
 
Length: 2 ½ to 3 hours, rain or shine
Location: Start from Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond Luxury Resort
Time: Friday, Saturday or Sunday at 9:00 a.m. by appointment
 
The Language of Nature /Healing Plants Walk
Take a walk and learn about the trees, plants and animals that are lifelong residents of Hidden Pond Luxury Resort.  We’ll explore their local neighborhoods, learn their stories, improve our powers of observation and enjoy the beauty of the day.
 
Length: 2 ½ to 3 hours, rain or shine
Location: Start from Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond Luxury Resort
Time: Friday, Saturday or  Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Nature Photography Walk
 
Want to develop a better eye for taking a great picture, but don't want to spend time sitting in a classroom?  A great photograph is a combination of light, composition, and capturing the magic of a particular moment in time. So many things to consider!  It can be so much fun!  Jeanne Christie will reveal the secrets learned as a newspaper photographer and digital photography instructor on a wander through nature. Sunlight! Camera!  Action! 
Length: 2 ½ to 3 hours, clear skies to light drizzle.
Location: Start from Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond Luxury Resort
Time: Friday, Saturday or Sunday--early or late in the day.  Mid-day is not a good time to take great photos outside. The sun is at a high angle and everything looks flat and washed out. Low sun angling through th trees is more colorful and far more interesting! 
 
Rates:
$55 per person two participants.
$40 per person three to five participants
$30 per person minimum of six participants, maximum ten
 
Terms:
Reservations and payment required a minimum of 48 hours before the walk.
Liability waiver signed at beginning of walk.
Time below can be adjusted to later or earlier when reservations are made. They may also, on a case by case basis; be reserved on a different day of the week.
To make a reservation fill out this form. You can also call Jeanne Christie directly at (207) 310-8708
After completing and submitting the form, you will receive an email confirming your reservation. A follow up confirmation email and invoice will be sent (usually about a week before the walk).  Payment is directly to Connect to Wilderness, LLC. The front desk at Hidden Pond is contacted when a walk is scheduled so they can provide any assistance needed during your stay. 
 
COVID 19 Social Distancing Practices:
Practices are consistent with Hidden Valley Luxury Resort.  Any materials used:--stools, tea service, umbrellas, etc.--  will be cleaned between walks.
To Schedule a Walk Please Fill Out This Form.
 
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Meet Jeanne Christie

Certified Forest Therapy Guide/Registered Maine Guide

Hello!  My name is Jeanne Christie. I am a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs as well as a Registered Maine Guide with extensive outdoor experience including hiking,  camping, trail running, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing and more.  If you want to go fast, I'm not a good fit. My goal is to provide activities that anyone, regardless of their outdoor experience or physical conditioning, can enjoy. So if you want to go slow: get close with nature and develop deep connections, please explore this website and sign up for a walk.

Here is a little more about my qualifications.    Maine Master Naturalist, Certified Natural Interpreter, Volunteer leader Maine Chapter Appalachian Mountain Club for over a decade. Current in Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification. Wilderness Education Association Graduate.

I also have many years of experience supporting protection of our nation's national resources. You can find out more about it at Christie Consulting Services, LLC or by reading about me in Portland Magazine's November 2019 issue  about the 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine.

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Contact

Phone
Email
Location

207 370-7011

You will be asked to identify yourself  when using this number.

Jeanne at              Connect To Wilderness dot com

Windham, ME

 
 
 
"The Forest is the Therapist. The Guide Opens the Doors."

                                           

-M. Amos Clifford,  Founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs