Wellness in the Woods Mini Retreat

Wellbeing in the Woods Mini Retreat

Sunday, October 23
2 – 5 PM
Doe Mountain Recreation Area
Mountain City, TN

Unplug, relax and connect with nature in the lush forest for a deeply nourishing morning of guided nature therapy, yoga with trees, nature art and a song circle.

Nature therapy is a simple practice that focuses on mindfully spending time in nature using your senses to promote healing, better health and wellness, and increased feelings of happiness, joy and gratitude. This will be an easy, slow meander through the forest focused on being where you are in the present moment and noticing what nature has to offer!

Yoga with trees is exactly that—no yoga mat needed. Jen Skarsaune from Lucky Dog Homestead will guide you through a sequence of yoga poses using a tree for support while breathing in the fresh forest air. Join with the spirit of trees for an intimate experience with nature to bring renewed energy, inspiration and connection. With nature as the inspiration as well as the canvas, appreciate the beauty of nature while expressing yourself by creating artistic designs with what nature provides.

The song circle will be in the oral singing tradition, using call-and-response learning. Free your body, your voice and your spirit with easy-to-learn songs about nature, connection, possibility, and belonging. Group sound resonance opens the heart and fosters connection with others and nature. Set yourself free from any stories about not being able to sing. This is a safe space to express your voice and enjoy singing, without judgment.

Locally harvested tea and light snacks will be provided. 

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.   
~ Anne Lamott

The group will be limited to 24 participants to lesson the impact to the natural environment, and also provide adequate space for you to enjoy your unique nature connection.

Rain Date: Sunday, October 30, 2 – 5 PM

What others have to say about their experience with these modalities…

“Tina was great. She was able to engage our group of 9, none of whom had done this before. For a group with diverse backgrounds and personalities, some could be put off by something like this, but she commanded the group and everyone was bought in. Every single person loved the experience!” ~ Brady D.

“I have suffered through two back surgeries in the last 2 years, but after my first session of Yoga with Trees I felt amazing and that lasted for about 7-10 days. I felt a big drop in my inflammation and increase in my mobility. I am a large inflexible man, but Jen was able to adapt the poses for me and with the help of a tree. I got so much out of it. It was the perfect start to a perfect day in Johnson County.” ~ Shawn L.

“I joined a song circle with a bit of trepidation, as I do not consider myself a singer at all. Andrea assured me all levels were welcome so I took the leap. Many of the songs were easy to follow and very uplifting! By the end of the song circle I felt rejuvenated, uplifted and so much more relaxed! My neck, which had been bothering me for months, was completely pain free and soft again. The singing had affected my body and Being so deeply, I was once again reminded that singing with others has a power all of its own.” ~ Diana B.

Sign-Up Details

  • There is a 3-option sliding scale to choose from: the regular price is $45; a second option to receive community support is $30, and a 3rd option to offer community support is $60.
  • Choose the amount that is right for you and complete the transaction using a a credit/debit card or PayPal account. Contact Andrea for alternative payment options.
  • A light herbal tea and snacks are included.
  • You will need to purchase a $3 DMRA day pass onsite if you do not have an annual pass.
  • Your payment reserves your spot. You will receive a confirmation email with further details (address, what to bring, etc.) during the final week before the event.
Rate Options

Questions? Contact Andrea here or call her at 410-566-4258 … or Jen at 423-707-5175

About the Facilitators…

After a career in Utility Forestry, Jen Skarsaune retired to running Lucky Dog Homestead. Homesteading is hard work and a back injury took her down the path to yoga and on to becoming a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. She now teaches barnyard yoga at Lucky Dog Homestead and Yoga with Trees at Doe Mountain Recreation Area. For more info: www.facebook.com/luckydoghomestead

Tina Hayes spent her childhood immersed in the woods around her home, always feeling a connection to nature. She lost much of that connection through the throes of adult responsibilities. After a major medical event, Tina discovered nature connection again through the practice of Forest Therapy, which re-invigorated her passion for immersing herself in the outdoors, and led her to become a Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guide. Tina has lived in Southwestern Virginia most of her life, and loves the beautiful landscape and many natural resources. She is passionate about sharing them with others in ways that promote health, wellness, and wisdom. For more info: [email protected]

Andrea Wenger creates a sacred space for deep healing through sound, song and ancient healing practices. She facilitates community song circles in the oral tradition, and offers both individual and group sound healing experiences as an avenue to vibrant health and accessing your authentic voice. Andrea grew up singing at home, in school and at church, but by the age of 30, it had fallen away. Soon life nudged her to reclaim her passion for singing and bring it into her emerging healing work. More than a decade later, she continues to be delighted and astounded by the healing power of one’s voice, alone or in resonance with others. For more info: www.andreawenger.com