$185 – $275

4 Night Redwood Forest Therapy Retreat with Grey Owl Hollow

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Burlington Campground

17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571

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Something amazing happens when you are surrounded by two thousand year old trees and an ecosystem that is older than human history.

Just 200 miles north of San Francisco, the last old-growth Redwood forests hold their place and their power. Even when viewed in passing and with distraction, they are compelling and breathtaking. How much more when one is guided to find the pace of the forest, to open one’s senses and mind to the vast communication that rains down from these forests?

That’s what Forest and Nature Therapy is all about. Forests like these resonate with the ancient parts of our being - the ones for whom a place like this meant food, security, connection, and joy. Forest Therapy helps you find a way to quiet your thoughts, your monkey-mind that is always offering things for you to worry about, and open your senses to the immensity of life that surrounds us all time. This retreat offers you the opportunity to do a deep dive into that world of support and connection in the most powerful way possible. These are the oldest trees on the planet, and they hold an inestimable measure of wisdom and memory.

What is included?

  • Shared camping in the Burlington Campground of the Humboldt Redwoods for 4 nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

  • Morning and afternoon Forest Therapy walks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (2-3 hours each).

  • Lots of time for questions and answers and campfire discussions

  • Visits to several groves in along the Avenue of the Giants

What is the campground like?

The Burlington Campground is an amazing place, and it is situated right in the middle of a second-growth Redwood forest. While most of the trees are only around one hundred years old, there are several ancient giants that are closer to two to three millennia in age - want to know why they were left behind? We’ll tell you if you ask.

The campground boasts clean and well lighted restrooms with flushing commodes and hot showers (.50c for 2 minutes, so bring some quarters!). The atmosphere in the campground is hushed and reverential even when it is crowded. For our retreat, we have booked two adjacent campsites right next to the trail heads for several nature trails - we are very familiar with this campground, and these sites offer the best combination of privacy, restroom access, and trail proximity. Restaurants and stores are available about 30 minutes from the campsite.

What is the weather like in October?

Rain is unusual, but not unknown, for mid-October in the Redwoods, but it is usually cloudy and cool. Expect the daily high temp to be around 60, and evening temperatures will be in the low 40s, Bring lots of layers and hot coco.

What is Forest and Nature Therapy?

In the same way that an animal suffers when removed from the habitat to which it has evolved, humans need nature, and, in particular, forests. Forest therapy is not the same as just walking in the woods. It is a guided experience that includes activities that are specifically designed to help participants perceive and interact with the natural world in a way that very few in “civilized” societies do. There is an ever-growing body of worldwide scientific studies that reveal not just the mental, but physical benefits of Nature Therapy and, in many countries, nature therapy is becoming an integral part of health care. Spending mindful time in a forest has been shown to be extremely beneficial for everything from depression and anxiety to immune system disorders.

Our walks will move at a very slow pace and are suitable for anyone who can walk slowly for an hour or two. These aren’t nature walks in the traditional “that’s a fir tree” sense, although we will be happy to answer questions about such things between walks. These are about finding your intuitive connection to the family of life in the forest, exploring that, and taking the effortless comfort that comes from moving at our natural pace in our natural habitat. For more information, please feel free to visit https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/about/science

Who is your host?

Seth MacNeely is a certified Forest and Nature Therapy guide with the Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guides and Programs. He started his journey on this path almost 10 years ago in the Burlington Campground, and he has shaped his whole life around healing natural environments and people at the same time. Three years ago, Seth founded Grey Owl Hollow, a nature retreat and campground in central Washington, and he and his family have been working with the land to re-wild it, support species diversity and density, and to create an interface between modern people and the forests that are their natural home. For more information, visit www.GreyOwlHollow.com.

How much does it cost?

This retreat is, as much as possible, being done in the mode of “living in the gift.” The fee to book the retreat is only $185, and our hope is that this will make it available to the widest selection of people. We don’t want anyone to face an insurmountable financial barrier to joining us, so we have set the fees in such a way to cover just our costs for the retreat. At the end of the retreat, we will be happy to accept any donations to reflect the value gained, but it is absolutely not required.




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Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Burlington Campground

17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571

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