Coordinate a day retreat that combines your Yoga Class in an outdoor setting with a guided Forest Therapy walk for your amazing students on our beautiful land near Hohenwald, TN
(High Forest in German)
COLLABORATE WITH VAL,
a certified Forest Therapy guide
Coordinate a day trip for your students with an optional overnight to stay in the 'Lemon Lodge' or tent camp on the bluff overlooking the beautiful Buffalo River in Lewis County, TN about 15 minutes drive from several exits on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.
Have you heard the term 'Forest Bathing' also known as "Shinrin-yoku" in Japan?
Val, your host and the founder/director of Camp Wonder Wander, is a certified guide and the Forest is the therapist. This nature immersion is a slow experience focusing on the senses in the natural surroundings which often leads to mindfulness (without tech/phones). This is not a naturalist walk nor a hike.
Forest Therapy as a practice is informed and inspired by the Japanese process that started in the 80s. That decade saw a rapid increase in economic prosperity and urban growth, but the health care system began to see a rise in issues such as cancer and high-blood pressure. The government then conducted much research with focus groups and the results revealed the benefits of spending time in natural surroundings. In this process they discovered that trees emit Phytonocides to help each other heal and battle diseases, and that humans can absorb these when 'bathing' in the forest air which increases the NK (natural killer) cells. It makes sense that humans in the urban world were disconnected from the Japanese indigenous land and nature found more commonly in other parts of their country.
We can start our walk when you first arrive, or we can begin after your yoga class ends. There are several lovely spots for your outdoor yoga class near the bluff overlooking the river. The walk is approximately 3 hours including an introduction and covers about 1/4 of a mile including a stop on our Buffalo River frontage. The group will receive a series of invitations, but there are no rules or requirements and it is recommended that each person engage and interpret the invitations as they desire in the moment. The experience will culminate with a final sharing opportunity and tea with fresh snacks.
LOCATION: Near Hohenwald, TN in what's known as the Western Highland Rim region of mid-south Tennessee
- approximate driving distances from
Columbia, TN - 50 minutes west
Spring Hill, TN - 1.25 hr south and west
Franklin, TN - 1.5 hr via Natchez Trace south then west
Nashville, TN - 1.75 hr via 65 south to Saturn Parkway, then south, then west
Florence, AL - 1.25 hr via Natchez Trace north then west
Huntsville, AL - 2 hr north and then west primarily on rt 64
additional benefits at Camp Wonder Wander
HUG DONKEYS! Visit with the amazing donkeys will melt your hearts with the joy and love they exude.
STAR-GAZING. Depending on the weather and cycle of the moon, this is one of the best light-pollution free zones in the region.
Extend your retreat and book any additional add-on activities such as nature/art projects.
star-gazing in one of the LAST LIGHT POLLUTION FREE ZONES in the state of Tennessee
The price for your retreat will include private use of the land for your outside yoga class, access to meet our donkeys, and use the bathroom in the Lemon Lodge (week days), and the guided walk which will be based on the number of participants. There is plenty of parking.
Please note that cell phones do not work very well here and only in certain spots.
Lemon Lodge overnight rental Monday - Friday starts at $225 for four plus $35 each additional person up to twelve. If you are interested in coordinating a weekend retreat for yourself and your friends or clients, please start here.
Please contact Val today to start making plans at mail @ campwonderwander dot org or click on the Let's Chat! button. A deposit and contract for the day retreat will be required to complete the booking.