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Thu, May 27 | Big Branch Wilderness

Forest Bathing Immersion

Come out for 4 days and 3 nights on the Long Trail in the Vermont Wilderness and learn the basics of backpacking, fire building, knot tying, and navigation, through a forest bathing lens.
Registration is Closed
Forest Bathing Immersion

Where & When

May 27, 12:00 PM – May 30, 6:00 PM
Big Branch Wilderness , Long Trail, Big Branch Wilderness, Mount Tabor VT

About

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

-Small Groups

-Individual Tents

-Negative COVID-19 test taken five days prior to trip

-Health screen day of trip

Details:

This trip is based on a $275-525 sliding scale to support operating costs. If you would like to sponsor a ticket for someone please purchase a second ticket with "Sponsorship" in the comments. Donations for scholarships can also be made on our Donation Page.

These immersions offer opportunity to experience the healing benefits of the natural world through various mindfulness-based forest bathing activities, space to engage in collaborative activities and conversation that build connection with human and more-than-human kin, and naturalist skills that empower your own wiilderness trips in confidence. Participants learn how to set up tents, pack a backpacking pack, navigate with a compass, start a fire, tie knots, and identify various plants and trees and more. Please contact Raei@the-rusty-anvil for scholarship information. 

Accessibility & Logistics

Trail: Long Trail, Big Branch Wilderness, Mount Tabor VT

**Due to safety concerns for the group, we do not disclose specific sleeping locations prior to registration. I understand this may cause some concerns/ feelings around uncertainty for folks looking to register and want to respect what may arise. Please reach out to raei@the-rusty-anvil.land if you feel you need more specific information before registration.**

General Itinerary:

Day 1 (diving into the skills):

  • Gather 12 pm (meeting location will be off trail in a semi-wooded area to ease into the experience)
  • Context of trip and introductions
  • Clothing run through and packing bags
  • Tapping into intuition/ listening to the land
  • Setting up camp/tents
  • Fire building
  • Camp cooking/dinner
  • Bear hang and knots
  • Building sacred space
  • Pre-trip talk/ four directions discussion
  • Free time/ communion

Day 2

  • Wake (semi-pack bags)
  • Stretch/collective movement
  • Sit-spot meditation/intention
  • Share council
  • Breakfast
  • Fully pack bags
  • Travel to trailhead (1 hour 45 mins)
  • Arrive at trailhead
  • Hike in (1.1 miles & 150ft elevation gain) (about 1 hour & 15 mins+ time for breaks. General group timing is hike for 50 mins break for 10 mins packs off with additional packs on breaks as needed)
  • Introduce forest bathing practices
  • Forest bathing activity
  • Lunch on trail
  • Arrive
  • Set up camp
  • Free time
  • Forest bathing activity
  • Share council
  • Dinner
  • Communion

Day 3

  • Wake (semi-pack bags)
  • Stretch/collective movement
  • Sit-spot meditation/intention
  • Share council
  • Breakfast
  • Fully pack bags
  • Set intention
  • Hike to next location ( 6 miles & 1,093 ft elevation gain) about 6 hours with a 1 mph pace+ time for breaks)
  • Lunch on trail/share council
  • Arrive
  • Set up camp
  • Free time
  • Forest bathing activity
  • Dinner
  • Communion

Day 4

  • Wake (semi-pack bags)
  • Stretch/collective movement
  • Sit-spot meditation/intention
  • Share council
  • Breakfast
  • Fully pack bags
  • Set intention
  • Hike out to parking area ( 7 miles & 640 ft elevation gain) about 7 hours with a 1 mph pace+ time for breaks)
  • Lunch on trail/share council
  • Arrive
  • Depart to initial meeting location
  • Unpack bags and return gear
  • Debrief
  • Depart (6pm)

WHAT IS PROVIDED TO YOU:

  • gear (backpacks, tents, sleepings bags, sleeping pads, etc).
  • food
  • transportation to/from trailhead (will need one volunteer to caravan)

WHAT IS NOT PROVIDED TO YOU:

  • transportation to/from meeting location
  • personal gear (clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc)
  • personal snacks

Tickets
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  • Trip Ticket
    $300
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