Imagine a world where families boycott the Black Friday craze & stay present with one another. Notifications get turned off, phones & other devices are tucked away & the TV becomes covered with a tablecloth as a reminder to press pause. The family spends the day getting lost in page turning books or excited over putting together a big puzzle. Instead of getting frazzled by the flocks of people shopping for deals for things the family likely doesn't need, everyone plays a board game, hide n’ seek (no one is too old to play hide n' seek...) or cooks together. Maybe you decorate the house, go outside to hang lights, hike, do yard work or make art! Maybe you do it all. But without a device telling you to purchase something. You experience the day together as one and remain present.
Just writing it feels like a big deep breath. In between & amongst those experiences are smiles, big and small feelings, sensory awareness, problem solving, exercise, hard work, benefits of nature, creativity & more. Days like these are memories for families to cherish forever. Do we need to dare you? Okay... we dare you to have a day like this with the fam, even if they groan, and not post about it. Just live it! See what happens. How does everyone feel afterwards? Seems like a fun thing to plan over a yummy thanksgiving meal after an outpouring of family love and a gratitude blessing.
This season, amidst all of the materialism madness & overloading ads - Hike & Heal Wellness will be chillin' in the corner by our mascot Grandmother Oak grinning, waiting to listen & ready to provide comfort when you need us. We are here if you’d like to give something different this year. Instead of worrying if you purchased the right "thing," give a family member a weekend to focus on themselves for once. Give your mom or daughter a bonding experience where health, new experiences & growing your relationship is at the forefront. Give a friend a day to develop something they are truly interested in - their intuition. Give your family of teens & tweens an overnight camping experience around Earth Day to celebrate your love for nature & each other. Give an adult in your life a weekend to de-stress, recalibrate, ramp up the healing and bury the anxiety in the great outdoors. Give experiences. It can be affordable and life changing.
The 2020 program schedule is up & running. Registration is open for everything but summer camp (it opens the start of our fiscal year- Jan 1), prices are at their lowest between now & Dec 31 so really, there’s no pressure. We are just here if you need us. We’d love to practice self-care with you, connect deeply with our outer landscape & continue to build a mindful community of great humans with you as a part of our family.
Breathe deeply, grow together.
Team Hike and Heal
A year from now, you will wish you had started today. -Karen Lamb
Winter Wellness Retreat - Grow Your Intuition
February 22, 2020 | Want to learn more about your own intuitive abilities? Do you hear, see or smell things that are hard to explain? Are you wondering why? Dive into this group! Join us for a hands-on retreat where you will learn to trust your inner wisdom through intuitive play! Learn more below.
Together: A Summer Wellness Series
July 26 & August 30, 2020 | Bring a family member, friend, colleague, anyone! Benefit from time in nature, connecting deeply with one another and experiencing many different ways to live well. Forest Therapy, Sound Healing, Yoga and Reiki are just a few of the modalities you will experience on these 1/2 day retreats. Register for both and save! Price is per pair (so about $50/person per day).
Yoga Nidra + Sound Bath
Dec 15, 6-8pm | Join us for a 30 minute Yoga Nidra practice followed by a 45 minute sound healing concert. Comfortable anti-gravity chairs keep the body relaxed. See details below.
Family Forest Fun Day
Registration Closed! Hoping to host another free walk after a big snowfall on a weekend in February or March.
Jan 1, 2020 from 1-3pm @ Hoyt Park in Madison WI | Join Kate Bast of Shinrin-YokuMadison.com by Kate Bast LLC and Moira Farrell of Hike & Heal Wellness for two hours of family fun at Hoyt Park on January 1st. You will experience the self-care skill and benefits of Forest Therapy!
A portion of the walk will give children and adults the opportunity to drop-in separately for a fully immersive experience, while we come together 1/2 way through to connect deeply with one another and the land. This donation-based event is a sneak peak to our Family Forest Fun Earth Day Weekend overnight. All donations received will go towards a scholarship fund to offer fee reductions for families on Earth Day weekend. Come experience what forest therapy can give you and your loved ones in 2020!
Please let us know how many adults and children will be attending below.
Mindfulness in Nature Retreat
Self-care, self-care, self-care! Peel away the layers of stress from the work week as this holistic wellness retreat unravels and moves from Saturday to Sunday. Benefit from a fully immersive overnight experience at the Madison School Forest on almost 400 acres of preserved land. Experience all that nature has to offer on a 4-hour guided Forest Therapy walk, Yoga classes, a Sound Healing concert, individual Reiki & Massage treatments, community building, healthy eating & more! See below for details on this all-inclusive wellness retreat.
Family Forest Fun - An Earth Day Weekend!
April 25-26, 2020 | This experience is for families of all varieties. Kate Bast, Certified ANFT Guide from Shinrin-Yoku Madison is teaming up with Hike and Heal Wellness for a weekend of nature connection, exploration and family fun. Take a deep breath and full body stretch as you shake off winter’s dust and come out of hibernation. As your guides, we will help facilitate a deep connection - with your family, the land and your truest self. Through this experience, you will be able to benefit from new and refreshing ways to interact with one another and our outer landscape. Parents & children will receive time away from each other (if preferred) for self-care, and then come back together for tons of memory-making, fun. Join us and celebrate earth day 2020 by being fully immersed in all that nature has to offer.
Fall into the Forest - A Nature Connection Retreat
Oct 16-18, 2020 | Kate Bast of Shinrin-Yoku Madison is teaming up with Hike and Heal Wellness for a weekend of deep nature connection, healing and wonderment. Immerse yourself in the sensory experience of forest therapy, while learning how to integrate it into your everyday life for optimal well-being. Your guides will help open the door, while the forest does the healing.
Hi, Moira here. When I'm not playing with my dogs, listening to music, enjoying nature or being with my friends/family, I'm probably writing. Read these blogs for wellness opportunities we offer at Hike & Heal, ones I know that are awesome or just some tidbits about living a healthier life.