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… … 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.
Did you know that spending time connecting with nature has been medically and scientifically proven to treat stress-related illnesses? From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there is loads of research about what happens when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world.
Toadstool Walks is teaming up with The Venture Out Project for a long weekend of Relaxation, Restoration, Rejuvenation, Reconnection on 40 acres of land not far from the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. This is for folks looking for some downtime in a Natural setting in Queer Community. Whether you love the outdoors and are looking for a different way to engage with nature or are simply looking to unwind and connect.
There will be a series of structured daily offerings to support deepening our relationship with nature, each other and with ourselves. All offerings are optional. This is a time to recharge and recollect whether that means unplugging for a bit, sleeping, relaxing in the hot tub, journaling, storytelling, or just being, this retreat is intended to hold space for that.
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE!
3 nights in your own bed in a large house along the Columbia River Gorge overlooking Mount Hood
Home Cooked Vegetarian Meals
(Starting with dinner on Friday and ending with brunch on Monday)
Daily Forest Bathing Programming
hiking, hot tub soaking, evening storytelling, morning sun salutations, journaling, downtime, etc.
All you have to bring is you, exactly how you are.
Sign up before February 1st, 2018 and save $50!
Thats $375 if you sign up before February 1st, 2018. $425 after that.