‘slow down and notice the natural world all around us’

Immerse in nature with a forest therapy/ forest bathing walk on Sears Island

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SEARS ISLAND — Friends of Sears Island invites the public to join them for a forest therapy walk Saturday, April 8, from 9:45 a.m. - noon, on Sears Island, on led by Joanne Moesswilde.

Immerse yourself in nature through the practice of forest therapy, also known as forest bathing. This is not a psychology session, nor is it a time when you need your swimsuit, according to Friends, in a news release. Forest therapy is a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in the forest to promote well being of both the land and people.

“In this guided outdoor experience, invitations are offered that invite us to slow down and notice the natural world all around us, enhancing our relationship with the more-than-human-world and ourselves,” said the release.

Registration for this program is required, as space is limited. To sign up, email outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org.

Upon receiving a confirmation email, participants joining should bring clothing appropriate for the weather: coat, hat, gloves, rain gear, plus another layer in a small day pack to access as needed.

“This is to ensure you won’t get cold while we are sitting,” said Friends. “Also please pack a water bottle, and a ‘crazy creek’ style chair or an insulated pad to sit on if you have one.”

There will be a few pads to share as well.

The distance walked will be approximately 1-2 miles, sometimes on uneven ground. Walking will be slow and interspersed with time sitting on the ground.

Joanne Moesswilde, a Registered Maine Guide and ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, leads forest therapy and outdoor adventures in the Midcoast area. Through forest therapy walks and other outdoor experiences, Moesswilde integrates her experience, love and knowledge of the outdoors to offer participants nature immersion opportunities that nurture healthful re-connection to the land and people and a time to re-wild the self.

To find out more about Moesswilde’s offerings, contact her at jmoesswilde@gmail.com or 207-323-9995.

To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit friendsofsearsisland.org or facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland.

Event Date: 

Sat, 04/08/2023 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Sears Island