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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.

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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

Our speaker lineup brings practical, science-based expertise to the conversation about nature-connected wellness and forest therapy. Select presentations will be CEU-eligible for licensed social workers, psychologists, and more (to be confirmed).

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; Board Certified practitioner of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine; Board Certified Massage Therapist; Advanced certifications in Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage; Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Microneedling

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

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CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR LODGING

You must have a confirmed ReTREEt ticket to book ReTREEt lodging.

Sponsors

Want to sponsor the ReTREEt? We are currently accepting inquiries from interested businesses and organizations.

Please contact us to learn about remaining opportunities.

FAQs

What will the ReTREEt cost?

A single registration is $499, which includes a weekend of activities, experiences, and meals featuring local ingredients prepared on-site. This rate does not include lodging, travel, or add-ons.

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?

Follow these instructions to book your accommodations. You must have a confirmed ReTREEt ticket to book lodging. Groups, you may contact cmackie@genevapoint.org for large bookings.

What about meals?

Your ticket includes meals for the weekend, from opening night dinner through closing day lunch. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary restrictions. You must notify Geneva Point of your dietary needs when booking your lodging so they can make arrangements on your behalf.

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.

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