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
Mindfulness in Nature Retreat
June 5-6, 2021 | Self-care, self-care, self-care! Peel away layers of stress as this holistic wellness retreat helps unravel the best version you. Benefit from a full-day experience at a local park or state natural are. The day will invigorate, inspire and leave you feeling whole. Ground on a guided forest therapy walk, enjoy lunch & end the day with Yoda Nidra & a sound bath surrounded by the birds & breeze through the trees. More details on this comprehensive retreat experience are coming soon.
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.
Fall into a Day of Mindfulness
A full day retreat that will help you reconnect with your truest self is just around the corner! See below for details. No 2021 date is currently scheduled for this retreat. Please check back periodically, or email Moira to tell her you want one to be hosted. The more people interested, the more likely it is to run. You will then be contacted if one is scheduled. Thank you!
Breathe into Winter Retreat
Do you spend a lot of time in your life caring for others? Us too. It’s time to pause, breathe & smile with a community of like minded allies. Reap the benefits of vibrational healing. Grow your intuition. Have meaningful conversations with a community of skillful listeners. Laugh! Find joy & deeply connect to your truest self. You will begin Saturday in West Madison at 9am, enjoying a guided Forest Therapy Walk to awaken the senses and receive the many benefits of the Japanese preventative health-care practice called Shinrin-yoku. Expect to be outside in the winter sun for 3-4 hours, enjoying the warmth of a fire while also allowing space for intuitive fun and playfulness through nature connection invitations. Around noon, we will enjoy a tea ceremony & catered lunch around the fire. You’ll then be invited to snuggle up inside on some anti-gravity chairs at The Awakened Center from 1:30-3pm for Yoga Nidra & a Sound Bath. Sunday (10am-2pm) will be all about continuing to delayer stress & shed the ego. You will benefit from an engaging & hands on workshop to help strengthen your “clair-senses,” as well as another vibrational sound healing concert. Participants will receive discounts on local Hike & Heal events & sound baths to continue to care for themselves throughout the rest of the year. Lunch included both days.
Hike, Heal & Hum
August 30, 2020 from 9am - 12pm | Benefit from time in nature and stress reduction. Connect with like minded people and experience many different ways to live well. Begin with a guided Forest Therapy Walk and end with a Yoga Nidra + Sound Healing practice. Spend a Sunday morning feeling grounded, grateful & playful. Find joy and take care of yourself in a new, yet familiar way.
Free Family Forest Fun
Join Kate Bast of Shinrin-YokuMadison.com by Kate Bast LLC and Moira Farrell of Hike & Heal Wellness for two hours of family fun in nature. You will experience the self-care skill and benefits of Forest Therapy, in addition to bonding with the people you love!
Women's Kayaking Retreat
Sept 17-19 or 24-26, 2021!!!! Let us know what date works better for you.
Bring the flow back into your life! Be a weekend warrior and become empowered with like-minded women during peak colors in the Northwoods on Eagle River's Chain of Lakes! This is a trip for active women who would like additional support in their yoga practice, who love the outdoors, want to experience something new, need a tribe to connect with AND who need a weekend set aside just for herself. See below for a list of what is included and a pricing bracket for ways to save on your retreat price. Use coupon code 50OFF upon checkout to make a deposit.
Family Forest Fun Camping Trips
April 24-25, 2021 | 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. Parents will also receive a hands-on workshop on the benefits of nature connection as it relates to healthy child development. Join us and celebrate Earth Day 2021 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.