Saturday, December 21 (Winter Solstice)
There will be two walks on each of these days.*
Guided Forest Bathing Walk for Dog Owners and their Dog 10:00 a.m. to @ 12:15 p.m. Jeanne Christie, a Registered Maine Guide and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide along with her dog Navia will lead a 2-2 ½ hour Forest Therapy Walk for dog owners and their dogs at Bradbury Mountain State Park. The event is limited to a maximum of 8 participants and their dogs. Pre-registration is required. Cost $35. (includes day pass for park).
Guided Forest Bathing Walk 1:00 p.m. to @ 3:45 p.m. Jeanne Christie, a Registered Maine Guide and Nature and Forest Therapy Guide will lead a 2 1/2-3 hour Forest Therapy Walk at Bradbury Mountain State Park. The event is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required. Cost $30 (includes day pass for park).
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2020 Calendar is under development.
In the meantime join me on a winter hike or classic cross-country ski!
I am working on my forest therapy guided walk schedule for 2020 and do not have it ready to post right now. In the meantime, you can still join me on some free activities I do as a volunteer for the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Bradbury Mountain State Park. Please note these are not forest therapy guided walks.
At Bradbury Mountain State Park, you can join me for a 2-hour First Day Hike Wednesday January 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. We will hike to the top of Bradbury mountain and back finishing up with a warm outdoor fire and hot chocolate. I will also be leading a hike as part of the festivities there for Winter Family Day on Saturday February 22.
I’ve been a volunteer leader for the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club for over a decade and I am leading winters hikes on January 5 at Douglas Mountain and March 8 at Libby Trails Forest. I’m also leading a couple classic x-c ski trips January 18 at Roberts Farm Preserve and February 9 on the Bethel Village Trails. These are also free (except for the day ski pass for the Bethel trip) but require pre-registration. You can find these and other great outdoor winter activities on the AMC Maine Chapter calendar webpage .
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.
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.
Estimated Rates for Forest Bathing Group Walks:
April 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019
$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.
Estimated Rates for Forest Bathing Group Walks with Dogs:
April 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019
$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.
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.
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 a workshop, meeting, or orientation, Perhaps you are thinking of exploring an addition to the health 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 activities of outdoor activities. We would be happy to engage with you and discuss ideas. We look forward to working with you!