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BirchWalking ReTREEt

A Nature-Connected Wellness Experience

September 20-22, 2024

Moultonborough, NH

Hosted by the BirchWalking team of certified Forest Therapy Guides

Why Attend?

Relax. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.

Reemerge as the Best Version of You!

 

If you feel the stressors of the pandemic haven’t let up since early 2020, you’re not alone.

We’re living through an era of tremendous burnout in the health and human services community. As we dedicate our lives to service and overcoming the challenges in our field, we also must make time for our own health and well-being.

Join us for a weekend of nature-connected experiences on the forested shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Attendees will practice self-care activities that make our spirits and bodies come alive, experience forest bathing, and build lasting connections with fellow health and human services professionals.

To learn more about the cost to attend the ReTREEt, go to our FAQ page.

lake Winni

What You'll Gain

Grounding. Renewing. Connecting with Your Resiliency.

Our ReTREEt is a nature-based wellness experience designed to reinvigorate your connections to what matters most. 

Many of the tools we need to boost our own well-being already exist in nature. It’s just a matter of learning how to tap into them.

What’s at the Root of a ReTREEt Experience?

Personal Wellness

  • Forest bathing & forest therapy
  • Outdoor activities: kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, hiking (weather permitting)
  • Nature based mindfulness activities: journaling, meditation, artistry, fire puja ceremony, intention setting
  • Optional experiences: Acupuncture, massage, cold plunging
  • Nourishing farm-to-table meals

Professional Development

  • CEUs – social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors – to be confirmed
  • Immersive dialogue
  • Keynote presentations
  • Optional workshops
  • Networking

Who Should Attend?

• Professionals and caregivers in the health and human services fields who need time to focus on their own well-being. (See FAQs for more info)

• Individuals experiencing burnout, sensory overwhelm, screen fatigue, elevated anxiety seeking to increase personal resiliency.

• Leaders, supervisors, and trainers in health and human service organizations looking for new ways to energize and inspire colleagues and employees

• Mental health practitioners who are curious about how nature connected experiences can be a integrated into their practice

autumn forest

Presenters & Practitioners

Dr. Susan Masino

Dr. Susan Masino

Neuroscientist, Professor, and Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research, expert on the connection between forests, nature, and brain health and well-being, Forest Bathing Guide in training.

Dr. Semra Aytur

Dr. Semra Aytur

Epidemiologist, Professor, and public health expert on the connection between planetary and human health, as well as climate justice.

Nadine Mazzola

Nadine Mazzola

Author, Expert Trainer, Certified Forest Therapy Guide

Christine Tappan

Christine Tappan

MSW, CAGS, CWMF

BirchWalking, Founder and Lead Forest Therapy Guide

Dr. Suzanna Fletcher

Dr. Suzanna Fletcher

M.Ed., MS, Psy.D.

BirchWalking, Chief of Clinical Practices and Forest Therapy Guide

Charmaine Brittain

Charmaine Brittain

MSW, Ph.D.

BirchWalking, Chief of Organizational Learning & Development, Forest Bathing Guide

Siobhan Connelly

Siobhan Connelly

B.A.

BirchWalking, Director of Clinical Services, Forest Bathing Guide

Thalia De Jesus Dain

Thalia De Jesus Dain

Radiance Natural Health, Owner, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Herbalist

Planning Your ReTREEt Experience

Reconnect with Your Resiliency in a Serene Setting

We are hosting this year’s ReTREEt at the Geneva Point Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, NH. Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains, this sprawling, historic lakefront property is home to 184 peaceful acres of white pines, black birch, and old-growth forest.

Lodging: Shared and private options for accommodations will be provided at registration. Most will choose to lodge at the Geneva Point Center. If preferable, you may opt to book your own lodging offsite. Please note that lodging is a separate cost from the ReTREEt registration fee. Stay tuned!

Travel distance: Manchester Airport (1.5 hours), Boston Airport (2 hours), Portland Airport (2 hours)

Geneva Point Center
Geneva Point

FAQs

When will ReTREEt registration open?

Very soon! Sign up on the form below to be notified when registration goes live.

What will the ReTREEt cost?

In the spirit of ensuring our ReTREEt experience is accessible for all, we have an affordable all-inclusive program registration fee of $499 which includes the entire 2.5 day program, a weekend of nature connected experiences, and all of your farm-to-table meals prepared on site. Vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian options are included. If you pre-register, you can save $100 on your registration with an early bird price of $399!

When you register, you can select the accommodations that work best for you both in terms of your personal choice and budget. Accommodations range from as low as approximately $40 per night for camping to cabins for $210 per night which can be shared or single. Check out the Geneva Point Center website to learn more about accommodation options. If you prefer a hotel or Bed & Breakfast experience, nearby communities such as Wolfeboro and Moultonborough offer a range of options as well.

We’re also offering a small number of scholarships to attend the ReTREEt. When you preregister, you can indicate your interest in supporting another attendee’s scholarship or your need for scholarship support.

Who should attend the ReTREEt?

If you’re curious about the benefits of nature-connected wellness, you will find value from the ReTREEt. We are especially excited to welcome health and human services professionals such as:

• Social Workers
• Counselors
• Psychologists
• Nurses
• Physicians
• Community Health Workers
• First Responders
• Substance Use Clinicians
• Educators of all kinds
• Caregivers and Foster Parents
• Administrators, Managers, and Supervisors

These groups have been subject to challenging workplace conditions leading to burnout at high rates. You will gain the opportunity to connect with fellow practitioners facing similar challenges.

When can I book accommodations?

You will have the opportunity to book your accommodations at the time of your event registration. The costs will be announced once registration goes live.

Do I need a car?

There is no public transportation in Moultonborough, so you will need a car to get to the ReTREEt. However, once you are here, you will not need one. We encourage carpooling if you plan to attend with friends or colleagues.

Can I sponsor the ReTREEt?

Yes! We are currently accepting for sponsor inquiries. Please fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch.

Are scholarships available?

BirchWalking is committed to providing opportunities for all to attend and benefit from our services, no matter their ability to pay. We welcome people with diverse abilities and backgrounds. With this in mind, we will be offering a small number of scholarships, and for those able to pay a little extra, you can help support this effort at the time of registration. Pre-register and note whether you may need a scholarship or be willing to support a scholarship attendee. They will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Secure the Early Bird Rate

Pre-Register Here

Sign up here to be alerted when registration opens.. As a thank you for your interest, you will be alerted first about ReTREEt registration and have an opportunity to sign up at our lowest rate.

Completing this form does not guarantee your place. You must register to secure your spot. Stay tuned to your inbox for an announcement when registration goes live.

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