Monthly Forest Gathering Details
$25/Person (drop-in) *NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
This Heart Wild Forest Gathering Adventure is for anyone who feels the need to get outdoors…to turn their phones off, to spend time away from their many distractions and enjoy the present moment in the woods with no objective other than to allow themselves a moment of peace, healing and re-connection.
We will meet at a specified trail head each month and mindfully walk to the desired location (approx. 20-30min walk). Cara will start the Forest Bathing by calling in the 4-directions, Mother Earth and the Elementals and will then guide you into a specific Forest Healing Activity. When finished we will walk out as a group and give thanks to the Forest prior to your departure.
WHAT TO EXPECT
• Opening and Closing Ceremonies
• Personally selected FOREST BATHING Location, (Location to be emailed 3 days prior to date) Note: All Locations will be within Sheep River Provincial Park or Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park Districts.
• Connection to the Earth, Self and others
• Sharing, Journalling and Connecting (depending on weather)
• Fresh Air, Love and Light
All gatherings will run rain or shine, as we like to think of weather as part of the experience, however, Heart Wild Adventures reserves the rights to cancel or revise forest gathering locations/details whenever conditions are deemed unsafe for participants. All cancellations will occur within 2-3 hours of an event. Under the circumstance that HWA cancels a GATHERING, all participants will be fully refunded in full (for the day of the cancelled GATHERING). No fees will apply.
WHAT TO BRING?
Comfortable, light weight hiking shoes or boots generally work the best. Shoes must enclose the entire foot and toes (no open-toe sandals, or water shoes in warmer seasons). Whatever footwear you chose, make sure you have worn them in advance of your trip to ensure they fit well and are comfortable.
Clothes that are comfortable enough to layer. (I like to wear long pants, to protect from branches and such, a tank, long sleeve and jackets for layering). Ensure your back pack is large enough to pack your clothing should you decide to remove layers.
Please also bring a garbage bag, or small towel to sit on if the ground is wet, and maybe a small blanket to wrap up in should you feel a little chilly.
Recommended items include snacks, water bottle (or bladder pack), sunglasses, toque or ball cap (depending on weather), mittens or small gloves, sunscreen, bug spray (seasonal), lip balm, camera, journal and pen, and layering clothes for weather. Feel free to bring hiking poles with you, should you have them (not necessary).
*It is also good to have a whistle. HWA will have bear spray and first aid equipment with them at all times.
AM I IN GOOD ENOUGH SHAPE?
No previous hiking is required. These are nature walks and forest bathing to take in the elements. A general rule of thumb is to be able to carry a pack weighing 10-15lbs while hiking (walking) approx 20min. You are responsible to carry your own gear, snacks and drinks.
THINGS TO KNOW
All of our excursions take place in beautiful K-Country…and yes that means we will be entering the homeland for bears, wild cats, moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, big horn sheep, snakes, bugs and more! We would like to bring awareness to the fact that there is always a potential of encountering one of these beings on our outing, so if you have a ‘crippling’ fear of seeing any of these animals, these GATHERINGS may not be for you. You may want to consider booking a Signature Healing Session with Anam Cara prior to your first HWA. That being said, encounters do happen, and it is our goal to keep you and the animals safe.
Also, keep in mind it can get very hot, or very cold and/or wet quickly so please be prepared for all weather conditions.
As well, please be prepared that mobile reception in the mountains is typically poor to non-existent.
Smoking of any sorts (including vape pens) is not permitted during our adventures.
Heart Wild Adventures does not permit pets on any of our adventures. As dog lovers we wish this was not the case. We cannot control other off leash dogs that may walk through and how they interact with your pet. This variable can be extremely disruptive and dangerous. We hope you can understand.
FOREST GATHERINGS are family friendly (10+ recommended), and are suitable for people who enjoy a meditative, and spiritual outdoor experience.
TRAIL ETIQUETTE & SAFETY
HWA would like to preserve our trails and respect other hikers. Gatherings, at this time, will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
Traveling as a group:
When you sign up for a Monthly FOREST GATHERING you are signing up to walk and gather as one unit. Our objective is to stay together. Please do not leave the group to hike on your own. At no time in the trip will you be permitted to leave the group and hike on your own.
• Participants will be required to drive themselves to the trailhead (with the exception of those from the same home or bubble)
• Participants will be required to maintain 2m separation while on the trail. Should 2m separation not be viable, participants will be required to wear a mask covering the nose, mouth and chin.
• Participants are not to share food or beverage (unless they are from the same household or bubble) and are asked to use their own hand sanitizer throughout the day.
• Participants are not to handle other participants gear.
• If you are unwell or have been in contact with someone that is unwell we request that you stay home. (a full refund will be provided).
• Participants will be required to print, read and sign a copy of a covid waiver and health declaration prior to heading out on the trail. (forms will be emailed upon registration.)
Safety & Liability:
Heart Wild FOREST GATHERING facilitators are NOT Certified Travel Guides. Know that HWA has your best interest in mind and that Cara Marshall is Certified with Wilderness & Remote First Aid & CPR Level C.
Note: All trip details are subject to change based on weather & trail conditions. There is inherent risk involved with outdoor recreation. You will be required to sign a Covid Waiver, Waiver of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Express Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement before departing on any Heart Wild Adventure. As well, clients must follow all safety procedures set forth by their facilitators while participating in a HWA. Clients are ultimately responsible for their own safety during any of our trips.
We encourage you to read over each of the forms. No persons who refuse signatures will be permitted on any Heart Wild Hike events.
MONTHLY FOREST GATHERINGS is designed for YOU to get back into Nature and back to YOU!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. No matter your interest in Heart Wild Adventures I look forward to talking with you, and hope to see you on the trail.