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nature walk

Forest Therapy + Nature Connection

nature walk

Forest Therapy + Nature Connection

Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English
nature walk

Forest Therapy + Nature Connection

nature walk

Forest Therapy + Nature Connection

Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Forest Therapy, also known as forest bathing, is a synthesis of ancient traditions and modern research referring to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. Humans have long recognized the healing properties of spending time with trees. In recent centuries we have rapidly shifted towards urbanized and digitized environments that do not provide our bodies with the biological stimuli required for heath. Forest therapy is a research-based practice that connects people with sunlight, fresh air, and organic compounds such as terpenes and phytoncides that are essential to maintaining our health. Studies demonstrate numerous health benefits, especially in supporting the cardiovascular and immune systems. Medical research also demonstrates that forest bathing supports a reduction of cortisol (stress) levels and blood pressure, stabilizes and improves mood, and offers increased mental focus. Beneficial phytoncides, are also known to decrease depression and anxiety. Forest Therapy takes a mindfulness based approach to deepening reciprocal relationships with the more than human world. You will be offered a number of invitations that will awaken the senses, restore connection to nature and yourself, and practice mindfulness. There will be moments of silence and time for sharing your experiences and stories.

Your host

Learn more about Caitlin

Caitlin

Caitlin has facilitated place-based nature connection programming in the nonprofit sector, public schools, and after-school programs throughout mid-coast Maine and the North East as well as leading summer programming in Waldo County and beyond. She is on a journey of reconnecting with her ancestral lineages through deepening relationship with the skills and traditions of these lineages and the people indigenous to the land she lives with now. Her introduction to tracking, bird language, plant medicine, shelter building, scout skills and off grid living began when she worked for the Maine Primitive Skills School in 2014. Caitlin is a Wilderness First Responder, certified in CPR, and pursuing a Recreational Maine Guide license.

Where you'll be

Freedom Pond, part of the Sebasticook River drainage, is a 420 acre warm water pond that provides ideal habitat for fish. Trails pass through mixed and coniferous forests, and are surrounded by wetlands that are biologically diverse, enhance water quality, and sequester carbon. You'll have the opportunity to explore in a safe, guided environment​​ inviting you to slow your mind and body so you can tune into your senses.

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. No outdoor experience is necessary!

More tips

Morning walks are available, please be in touch if you prefer an earlier start time. If heavy rain or snow is in the forecast,​ guests will have an opportunity to reschedule.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Caitlin
Forest Therapy + Nature Connection
New experience
£32/person
New experience
£32/person