Forest Bathing & Winter Meditation Retreat

with Alyssa Delle Palme

and your host, Stefany

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Maximum of 15 spots available

$65 / retreat
{5% of proceeds will be donated to the Indigenous Roots Ottawa East organization}

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Please take a minute to read below our "Note on the Investment"

Reserve your spot by making your choice above, or by reaching out to us via email at hello@yourhealingcircle.com to send an e-transfer.

We're making the most of winter and bringing you a unique experience of Forest Bathing in snowshoes with a cocoon winter meditation at fireside!

Our favourite Forest Bathing Guide, Alyssa, will be offering this beautiful 2 hours experience in our magical woods. You can join us at both dates or chose the one that's most convinient.

Forest bathing was developed in Japan in the 1980s and today, shinrin-yoku, which translates to forest bathing, has become a pillar of preventative medicine in Japanese culture. 

 

The retreat is designed to combine a mindful gounding practice in Nature, combined with a slow & gentle walk into the forest. Through a series of invitations, Alyssa will invite us to slow down our pace and explore the forest in a way that will help us reduce stress, improve our moods and boost our immune systems.

Everything is just that, an invitation, and nothing is an assignment. The explorations are done with an open heart & an open mind.

Forty years of research in Japan proves that spending time under a canopy of trees is beneficial to your health!

Join us as we work with Nature & Mindfulness.

Tentative Schedule:

Option of arriving starting 1:30pm to enjoy the presence of nature & our animals

2:00pm - Fireside meditation & circle share

2:30pm - Forest Bathing experience

4:00pm - Cocoon Winter Meditation**

4:30pm - Tea Ceremony & Seasonal snack

*Snowshoes are recommended for the Forest hike, but not mandatory.

**Cocoon winter meditation consists of lying down beside the fire - on a tarp + yoga mat - cocooned in your sleeping bag with a hot water bottle at your hands/feet. You keep your winter gear on, while ensuring your entire body is warm in your cocoon. This is an amazing experience during winter! 

You can read about our commitment to you during the colder months here, as well as what to expect during your visit.

Your Guide

Co-Director and Co-Founder of Wild Roots Nature and Forest School, Alyssa Delle Palme, is a certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. She is also a certified Forest School Practitioner through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. Alyssa’s Forest Bathing programs have been delivered to people of all ages. Participants have been as young as infants in her Nature Babies class. Children from Wild Roots participate in Forest Bathing practices year-round. Alyssa has offered sessions for yoga instructors, school teachers, family groups and seniors. She has also offered Forest Bathing sessions to the public at local festivals including Tree Fest Ottawa. In collaboration with Forest Therapy Ottawa, Alyssa has delivered a session to over twenty OBGYN doctors/residents from local hospitals. Alyssa has graduated with honours from both the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria B.C and from the Broadcast Journalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON. Her news, sports and entertainments stories have been heard over the airwaves in Ottawa (CIDG), Moncton, New Brunswick (CFQM) and Smithers, British Columbia (CFBV). She has been published in the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Family Living Magazine. Alyssa is passionate about the outdoors and wants to help people deepen their connection to nature.

Note on the Investment Cost:

Althought we have purchased this land & home; I don't see it as being "my land". I believe that nature is for every living being and that all should find safe space here. Pay What You Can options and Scholarships available for those who need it! Email us at hello@yourhealingcircle.com for more info.

I also acknowledge that the land upon which we gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin).

All retreats are non-refundable and no credits can be given at this time; but if you are unable to attend after registration is completed, we invite you to transfer your spot to someone of your choice.

A full refund will be given in the event that a program is cancelled due to insufficient registration.

The Healing Circle Farm is an outdoor retreat space and runs rain, shine or snow. In case of rain or major snow, we have access to the barn, and a fire to warm us. We ask that you watch for the day's weather conditions and dress accordingly before making your way. 

In case of severe weather storms, the event will be postponed to a later date. All participants will be contacted in advance.