I am so incredibly honored to be part of this research study. This is a dream of mine. In my deep dive into learning about the science of relaxation, I have become familiar with the ways in which somatic practices like yoga and meditation have been proven to be some of the most effective ways of healing trauma and stress disorders that often lead to addiction and depression. There is so much similarity in the plethora of research outlining the health impacts of Forest Therapy and yet there is much more research to be done in order for our human healthcare systems to take it seriously while not taking our lives and this Earth for granted.
Thru Forest Therapy, I have found deep and profound healing as a result of becoming aware of my own nature and building and tending relationships of reciprocity with the forests, trees, mountains, rivers and local urban parks. My perspectives have shifted as I continue to uncover all the ways in which we are interconnected. There are stories and identities I held tightly for decades that I now wear like a loose garment.
Forest Therapy Guides are not healers. We don’t prescribe outcomes and we work towards guiding in an agenda-free way. How you participate and what you get out of a session is different for everyone and welcome. Our open language is inherently informed and accessible. Forest Therapy has great healing potential as it is a practice of being in the sensation of aliveness by bringing our attention to being in our bodies thru our senses which can be a rare invitation these days where stress and numbness is the norm keeping us disconnected and addicted.
Please share and support this very important research project. By doing so, you are not only supporting my work as a Forest Therapy Guide, but you are also supporting infinite ripple effects of this potent healing potential for all:
With Carrie Grossman and Tam Willey
June 2, 2019
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mettabee Farm, Hillsdale, NY
A leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.Walt Whitman
Join Carrie Grossman, devotional singer, and Tam Willey, Forest Therapy Guide, for a daylong journey into the wild landscape of the heart. Explore the magic that is possible when we slow down and open the door to reciprocity with the more-than-human world. What songs does the wind offer? What might we offer the wind? Or the trees, the creeks, and the clouds? What is your song? Through a guided forest therapy walk, meditation, sound healing, and sacred rest we will sit with these questions and find our place of belonging in nature—and in ourselves.
This retreat will take place at beautiful Mettabee Farm in Upstate New York. Tea, snacks, and a wholesome lunch will be provided.
- guided meditation
- chanting and sacred sound practices
- deep rest
- forest therapy walk
- restorative time in nature
- sharing circle
- a nourishing, vegetarian lunch
$25 Deposit holds your spot
Camping available at Mettabee Farm for $20/night
FOR MORE OVERNIGHT LODGING:
Inns & B&Bs
Silvanus Lodge – Hillsdale, NY
Inn at Green River – Hillsdale, NY
Swiss Hutte – Hillsdale, NY
Honored Guest – Hillsdale, NY
Sunset Sunrise – Copake, NY
Egremont Village Inn – Egremont, MA
Windflower Inn – Great Barrington, MA
Inn at Sweetwater Farm – Great Barrington, MA
Racebrook Lodge – Sheffield, MA
Inn at Silver Maple Farm – East Chatham, NY
Fairfield Inn and Suites – Great Barrington, MA
Monument Mountain Motel – Great Barrington, MA
Holiday Inn Express Suites – Great Barrington, MA
Taconic State Park – Copake Falls Area
Prospect Lake Park
Have you been to the Arnold Arboretum lately? Why be a visitor when you can be a regular? Or maybe you already are a regular. I’ve been a regular visitor of the Arnold Arboretum for over 20 years but only in recent years did I become part of this community and I’m not just talking about the human community. In addition to maintaining my membership with the Arboretum, I also am a member of this more-than-human family of trees, plants and many beings. Maintaining a regular practice of forest therapy helps me re-member that I am nature and that there is so much to see, hear, feel, taste, smell and sense when I slow down long enough to notice.
This May, in addition to guiding lots of walks, I will also be holding myself accountable to continue growing, learning and deepening into my own personal practice as a guide by attending an immersion with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy called Way Of The Circlein New Hampshire. If you are interested in deep circle work, perhaps you’ll join me there!
In June I’ll be at Franklin Park with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (details coming soon!) and then at Mettabee Farm in Hillsdale, NY with Carrie Grossman for our daylong immersion: Songs Of The Wild! This summer I’ll be doing Forest Bathing out on the Harbor Islands with Boston Harbor Now (details coming soon!) and in July I’ll be leaving the grid for a few weeks for a big life event that I’ll be writing about on my blog.
I’m am so grateful for all your support of Toadstool Walks and your shared commitment to tending those relationships with our more-than-human kin.
Dear Forest Friends,
I hope this update from Toadstool Walks finds you well, warm and rested. I have been enjoying the muffled quiet of winter in Boston, taking time to reflect and plan for the spring while making sure to get outside and breathe the fresh crisp air. Red-tailed hawk have been very present on my walks lately at the Arnold Arboretum and the lack of foliage makes them easy to spot. I’ve enjoyed some blue-bird skies against some glistening snow-covered branches while out on my cross country skis. As the days slowly get brighter, I am reminded that spring is not far away.
This past January I attended the first ever trainer gathering with The Association Of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). I spent 5 rich days in Joshua Tree with 17 other certified forest therapy guides and trainers from all over the world. We were able to connect and deepen into the practice of forest therapy as guides, mentors, and trainers with the support of our director and founder. Last year I assisted 2 forest therapy guide trainings with ANFT in Ottowa and Ohio. This year I will be apprenticing on some trainings starting this March in Maryland. As part my commitment to continue growing, learning and deepening into my own personal practice as a guide, I will be attending an Immersion called Way Of The Circle in New Hampshire this May. If you are interested in deep circle work, perhaps you’ll join me there!
I am so happy to announce that my spring calendar is now live and includes ongoing regular forest bathing walks, half-day retreats, a multi-week series in May, a restorative day-long forest and sound immersion and a 4-day retreat in the Berkshires in June. Check out my 1-1 nature-connection mentoring services, tarot forest mapping, and some very special collaborations with some wonderful beings.
Looking forward to connecting and bearing witness with you this spring.
You are one connection away…Annabel O’Neill
… from finding your tribe.
from trusting your intuition, exploiting your gifts, building bridges, creating communities and changing the world!
there are people out there looking for the exact medicine you can offer…
so put yourself out there and trust, you are just one connection away!
We all have something to offer as we all have unique gifts and talents. But it can be a battle trying to figure out what they are and where we belong. Even as we hone in on our crafts and begin to understand who we are, there are many obstacles on the path towards stepping into our authentic selves and trusting our intuition.
Sometimes, when I find myself at a crossroads, I am lured towards the direction that makes the least amount of sense. As someone who is committed to constantly raising my consciousness and celebrating the particular kinds of gifts, talents and stories that often get overlooked and buried by mainstream culture and social constructs, I can tell you that I don’t do this by myself because I can’t. I do it with the support of other humans and non humans who reflect back to me what I have yet to re-member. When I feel scene, I can uncover a world of possibility that may be lurking just below the surface. Stepping out of my everyday routine and fostering my relationships in the natural world reminds me of our interconnectness, allowing me to return to my everyday life with a fresh layer of motivation to live more fully.
Its is an honor and privilege to be hosting this 4-Day Forest Bathing Immersion with my friend, teacher, and mentor, Annabel O’Neil. This extraordinary human inspires me beyond measure with the way she leads with an open-heart and walks the walk of true reciprocity. Join us for a retreat like no other, combining Forest Bathing, Soul Level Astrology, Tarot, and Star Bathing. This experience is aimed to support you on your path of self discovery.
The Winter Solstice Retreat is currently full.
We have started a wait-list and invite you to still register if you are interested and we will let you know if a spot opens up.
Join us at the darkest time of the year for a day long retreat honoring the Winter Solstice. This is a celebration of light and darkness in our environment and within ourselves. Rooting into nature, love, personal power and trust, we will explore the light within ourselves to help illuminate the dark and stuck places of our lives. This Winter Solstice is a space of releasing what is no longer in service, honoring roots and envisioning the seeds of new intentions.
What Will Happen
Forest Therapy, Yin Yoga and Solstice Ceremony.
There will be space of silence, self reflection and sharing.
A vegetarian Lunch will be provided as well as tea and snacks.
We are honored to be hosted by Yoga for Daily Living in Groton, MA which is about an hour away from Boston and 2ish hours from Western Mass.
$80-$130 Sliding Scale
A $50 Deposit is due with your Registration
As the first leaves begin to brighten and darken, I am noticing the places in my life that are catching my eye, and acknowledging these areas that need a little extra attention right now. Whether it be a corner of clutter that is waving at me, or a relationship that could use a bit more tending, I am inspired by the way the leaves make themselves known, announcing their transitions. I find myself in a place of inquiry with this seasonal shift, naturally taking some inventory of my life and noticing the places that may be ripe for a shift as well as the places are best left alone.
Lately I have been deeply moved by the power of sitting in circle and bearing witness. I have been reflecting and appreciating the many different kinds circles I have sat in. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to hold space for us to sit in circle as we share some of our connections with the natural world, ourselves and each other.
Join me this fall in noticing the changing leaves and fading light while we boost our immune systems and make way for a possible moment of liberation. Whether it be a half day retreat this week at the Arnold Arboretum, a multi-day retreat in mid October, a 3 week series in late fall, or a private integrative Toadstool Tarot Walk, I hope to see you this fall.
Last summer around this time, I had just finished my Forest Therapy Guide Training Intensive and as I began my practicum, I was spending lots of time at my sit spot, which is a natural place that I chose to visit regularly at the Arnold Arboretum. During this time I would observe the more-than-human world, noticing all kinds of dramas unfolding that I could only vaguely begin to understand as I sat by a particular tree next to a marsh.
My relationship with this spot inspired me to learn about bird language and I have finally got around to begin reading “What The Robin Knows” by Jon Young. In the introduction, Jon writes:
“As awareness grows, appreciation grows too. As appreciation grows, so does empathy.”
Join me in raising our collective awareness on a Forest Bathing Walk: