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Make your Own Balsam Fir Wreath


with Lauren Kircheis

Calendar Next session starts Dec 16, 2023 at 10 am
1 additional session on Dec 16, 2023

Learn to make your own double-sided fir wreath for the holidays! Wreath making has long been an important tradition and cottage industry in the state of Maine. These gorgeous wreaths make a great addition to your home holiday decor, or use it as a gift with a personal touch! A small selection of ribbon, bows, fruit and other decorative items will be available. Feel free to bring any decorative items you may already have to decorate your wreath!

The price reflects the cost per-wreath kit. Families or groups are welcome to buy and work on a single wreath kit. A few extra kits may be available to purchase at the event on a first-come-first-serve basis. The class is hosted outdoors in our timber-frame barn, while the space is equipped with a pellet stove, we recommend bringing layers. This class is appropriate for most age groups. 

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Full Moon Guided Forest Bathing Experience


with Constance Woodworth

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 26, 2023 at 4 pm

Join Constance Woodworth, Founder of WorthIt Nature and Forest Therapy Connections, as she guides you through a calm, centering connection with the land. I am certified through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. I am fully insured and hold my wilderness first aid certificate.

-Join me for physical wellness: 2 hours among evergreens invokes in humans a 56% increased production of a specific white blood cell called the “NK Cell”; its job is to attack all dead and dying cells - this increased production has been measured to last 32 days after 1 two hour experience. The color green is calming to view. Cortisol and blood pressure levels drop. Dopamine and serotonin levels increase.

-Join me to build a stronger connection to the Earth and the More-than-Human World. Inhale the geosmin. Offer gratitude to the trees. Ask the sky for guidance. Observe the playful squirrels and birds. Allow the land to be your place of rest or rejuvenation.

We will slowly journey through the grounds, noticing twilight and the moon. This practice can be restorative and calming. 

We start with a somatic meditative experience, then we will journey through partnership invitations that the land will offer. We will end with a texture gathering and Forest Tea.

This is a trauma informed practice. If anything seems unappealing or uncomfortable you are not expected to participate - make it comfortable for you.

Children under 5 are free!

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