Well Being Retreat Center - Event
Renew, Recharge, Reconnect with Nature
with Christine Hoyer
June 17 - 19, 2022
We are part of nature and it is important to take the time to pause and renew, recharge, and reconnect with nature and ourselves. This will be an opportunity to drop the stories, the labels, and just be, and see what nature can offer as a kind of mirror - reflecting something about ourselves, something we may not be able to see in our thoughts, actions or being, or something that serves our journey. All are welcome – no previous experience is necessary - whether you are already connected to nature or seek to feel or strengthen that connection and the benefits that come from such a partnership.
About Forest Therapy and Tai Chi
The practice of Forest therapy (also known as Forest Bathing) connects back to Shinrin-yoku - the Japanese art of forest bathing - and is all about being present in the natural world and spending time in nature for the sole purposes of enhancing health and wellness.
Nature does not live in the past or the future - it can only exist in this moment. The experience of slowing down and noticing what is alive around you and encountering and seeing yourself reflected in nature can be powerful.
Certified guides are trained to partner with nature and be supportive witnesses to whatever nature offers. It can be challenging to hold space for ourselves and the role of the guide is to hold space for people to have their own experience as they connect in all kinds of different ways to what is around them.
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art that uses simple, repetitive, slow movements designed to cultivate and balance chi (energy). It's like meditation in slow motion that allows you move out of your head, into your body and connect you to your own breath and energy. When practiced outside, it can offer another way to strengthen our interconnection with the natural world.
The daily program will include sitting/walking mindfulness meditation, guided nature and forest therapy walks, simple mindful movement, and other activities. There will be times of silence and for sharing, guided activities and invitations to explore in your own time on the land.
Christine Hoyer is a certified guide, mentor, trainer, and the program coordinator for the trail certification program with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and she runs Mindful Meanders based in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and works in the wilderness management field.
She both works and plays in nature and was drawn to Nature and Forest Therapy as a way to deepen her own authentic connection to the natural world and to find ways to offer that to others. Christine is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Tai Chi/Qigong and while she learned them through the martial aspects, she now focuses her own practices and her teaching on the meditative side of these arts.
Christine is also a student and teacher of mindfulness and meditation, which is one of the threads that weave things together and inspired “Mindful Meanders” as the name of her business. She is passionate about sharing all kinds of ways to explore and experience nature’s gifts and the benefits that nature connection can off to the mind, body and spirit. www.mindful-meanders.com
The retreat will begin with check in Friday June 17th between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm Friday evening. All meals, snacks, teas and coffee will be served through the event. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday June 19, 2022.
About the Venue:
Well Being Retreat Center
There will be time to enjoy the 160 acres of rural Tennessee land and the 2 1/2 miles of Powell River frontage.
Food provided will be mostly gluten-free non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal. (Vegetarian may include eggs and dairy.) Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of single rooms. The Tiny Houses and the earth-sheltered private cabins by the river are both listed as "Private Cabins." For pictures of the lodging options, go here. Cabinettes have bathroom facilities in the nearby Conference Building, a short walk away. There is also a low cost option for AT Shelter camping by the river with bathrooms and hot showers nearby.
The Well Being Retreat Center offers a conducive environment for this event: quiet natural spaces and delicious healthy food.
Tuition and Accommodations (Meals & Lodging)
Please register for Tuition and Accommodations (Meals and Lodging) with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below.
Total cost for this 2-night weekend workshop ranges from $240 - $470, depending on the lodging option selected. This includes your tuition, meals, snacks, and lodging for the weekend.
Note: It is likely that Covid-19 may still be of concern at the time of this event. If so, meals and sessions will be held in the open-air Powell River Pavilion and cabin occupancy will be limited to one person per Cabin or Cabinette, except for couples and consenting cabin-mates.
Please use the form below to Register for Accommodations (Meals and Lodging)
Contact & Questions
If you have any questions about the content of the event, contact Christine:
E: email@example.com T: 865-366-5371
if you have questions about facilities or accommodations, contact Patty Bottari:
E: Patty@WellBeingCC.org; T: 423-626-9000
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