Open to backpackers of all levels, from the beginner to the experienced. The retreat runs from October 20th to 22nd. Content and approach is found at the intersection of science, nature, and mindfulness. Guided by two health professionals specializing in outdoor holistic interventions, lectures on the scientific ground-breaking research of nature and mindfulness will be integrated through your own experience of yoga, mindfulness, and nature reflections.
What you will you take home with you:
Research in the developing field of eco-psychology has shown that time in nature helps alleviate many unfavorable symptoms of mental disorders including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Evidence shows getting outside reduces blood pressure, regulates and reduces stress hormone levels, lowers nervous system arousal, enhances immune system function, increases self-esteem, and boosts mood. In a recent study, psychiatric unit researchers found that being in nature reduces feelings of isolation, promotes feelings of calm, and lifts mood among patients studied.
The first day will consist of a mellow 2-3 mile hike to establish our base camp. The following days will feature shorter day hikes. You will have the option to rent Living Earth School’s camping gear at no extra charge to be best prepared to camp under the vast night sky in the heart of Appalachia as you reset your mind and body. Financial aid will be available to participants who express an interest.