Register now for walks at Bradbury Mountain State Park (below). Social distancing policies will be followed during walks. Masks will be worn when talking, but are not needed during the parts of the walk when invitations are being explored and everyone is moving independently. 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.
Jeanne will also be leading the
walks below. Visit the websites indicated for more details.
Forest Bathing Walk Saturday August 8 at 9:00 to 12:00 pm Grand Lake Stream sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Forest Therapy Guided Walk Friday, September 18 for Seniors hosted by South Portland Recreation Department. (Details available mid August)
How Much Does A Forest Bathing Walk Cost?
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.
Information about medical or health issues, medications, general physical health or mobility issues that are relevant to the activity will be requested of all participants prior to the start of the walk.
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:
April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
$30 per person up to 3 hour walk, minimum of six participants, maximum 25
$40 per person up to 3 hour walk, three to five participants, maximum six
$55 per person up to 3 hour walk two participants.
Rates for Forest Bathing Group Walks with Dogs:
April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
$35 per person up to 2 hour walk, minimum of six participants, maximum 8
$45 per person up to 2 hour walk, three to five participants
$60 per person up to 2 hour walk two participants.
Half day and Full day Flat rates provided upon request. These are generally used when the cost of the walk is paid for by an organization and individuals participate at no cost.
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 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
Time: Friday, Saturday or Sunday 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: Friday or Saturday night @ ½ hour after sunset
Location: The walks above can be scheduled 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).
New Beta Program: 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!
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!