Winter 2022 Activities offered through Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport. To learn more and register go to Hidden Pond Exclusive Featured Activities!
Sunday, January 23 - 2pm – 3:30pm – Beach/photography walk at Goose Rocks Beach.
January 30th, Sunday – 5pm to 6:30pm, Night walk at Hidden Pond, followed by dinner at Earth.
February 6th, Sunday – 2pm -3:30pm – Winter beach photography walk at Goose Rocks Beach.
February 17th, Thursday – 5pm to 6:30pm, Night walk at Hidden Pond, followed by dinner at Earth.
February 21st - Monday – 8pm to 9pm – Stargazing at Goose Rocks Beach in Winter
February 22nd – Tuesday – 2pm to 4:00 pm – Basic Snowshoeing Skills and Nature Walk at Hidden Pond trails
February 27th, Sunday – 5:30 pm to 7:00pm, Night walk at Hidden Pond, followed by dinner at Earth.
Social distancing policies will be encouraged during walks. Masks are not required under current state guidelines. All equipment will be cleaned after use.
Whether you choose to join a walk or not; I encourage you to take time every day to go outside and wander, even if it's just a walk in your yard or sitting on the doorstep breathing the fresh air, soaking in the sunlight and noticing with all your senses everything around you.
There is almost always room for more participants in any scheduled walk. Occasionally people registering have been notified walks are full when they are not; so if you have an difficulties registering please contact me.
How Can I Schedule a Forest Bathing Walk for myself and others?
Walks are often conducted in partnership with a host organization so click on the events listed above for the cost of a specific walk.
Interested in sponsoring a walk and wondering what’s involved?
Connect to Wilderness will work with you to identify an appropriate trail for the forest bathing walk and handle planning and guiding the walk, tea ceremony and snacks at the conclusion. Guide will also upon request provide mats and stools for participants for known number in advance of the walk. Information about medical or health issues, medications, general physical health or mobility issues relevant to taking a walk in the forest will be requested of all participants prior to the start of the walk. To get started contact Connect to Wilderness.
What's Included: A guided Forest Therapy Walk includes orientation, invitations to activities during a gentle walk, sharing, and a special tea ceremony at the conclusion. Guide will make available mats and stools for participants for known number in advance of the walk. Participants are encouraged to bring their own.
Location: Walks can be scheduled at Sebago Lake Land Reserve in Standish, 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). Other locations are possible provided permission to lead a walk on the property is granted by the land owner. This is often possible on state and town parks and lands. Properties that are privately held or owned by nonprofit organizations are also possible on a case by case basis.
Length: Forest Therapy Guided Walks generally last from 1.5-3 hours. Longer is better because it takes time to slow down and sync up with the natural world. Location, weather, participant mobility, and other factors can also influence the length of the walk. The length of a specific walk will be included with the information about the event.
Rates for Forest Bathing Group Walks:
January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022
$45 per person up to 2-3 hour walk twelve or more participants
$50 per person up to 2-3 hour walk, seven to eleven
$55 per person up to 2-3 hour walk two - six participants
$85 per person up to 2-3 hour one participant.
Available daily based on availability. Must be reserved
a minimum of three days in advance.
Other walks (price structure is the same as above):
The Language of Nature /Healing Plants Walk
Take a walk and learn about the trees, plants and animals that are lifelong residents of a local forest. 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
Time: Available daily at 1:00 p.m.
This is a great activity for families! Put your flashlights in your pocket and take a walk in the woods. Really! We’ll practice our night vision and open our other senses. How much can we see, smell, hear at night? Where is the moon? Do heads really disappear when we look straight at them in the dark? Take a ‘Nightwalk’ and find out!
Length: 2 hours, clear skies to light drizzle
Time: Available daily @ ½ hour after sunset
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: 2-3 hours, clear skies to light drizzle.
Time: Available daily--early or late in the day. Mid-day is not a good time to take great photos outside.
Forest Guided Garden Consultation
Planning a garden? Thinking about adding plants for pollinators? For wildlife? For you? Wondering how to get started? A forest guided garden consultation is a guided exploration of opportunities to deepen a connection with the natural world by nurturing the land right outside your door. We’ll discuss your goals, and take a guided walk to open your senses to the possibilities. For more information, contact Jeanne!
Length: 3 hours, clear skies to light drizzle.
Time: Available daily
If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact Connect to Wilderness about working together to develop a walk, workshop or activity that meets your needs. Maybe it's having a forest bathing walk as part of an workshop, meeting, or orientation, Perhaps you are thinking of exploring an addition to wellness support services provided by your company or would like to contract for a series of walks to be hosted by your organization. Possibly a presentation or a demonstration are desired as a starting point. In addition Connect to Wilderness can design nature oriented interpretive walks, activities and games that can be combined to provide a daylong series of outdoor experiences. We would be happy to engage with you and discuss ideas. We look forward to working with you!
Photo by Capshore Photography