Queer Forest Bathing Retreat w/ Toadstool Walks - Vermont
Oct
12
to Oct 15

Queer Forest Bathing Retreat w/ Toadstool Walks - Vermont

Join Travis and Tam for a long weekend of nature connection this Fall in Vermont!  Fall is a time of transition and the foliage of New England offers an colorful array of examples and metaphors for letting go and embracing change.  Taking time to hit the reset button by slowing down in a natural setting can not only reduce stress and lower cortisol levels but it can also increase overall energy and well being.  

Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide from Boston, Massachusetts.  Toadstool Walks offer slow-paced guided wanderings that promote wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. This is a practice inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, which translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there has been extensive research demonstrating what can happen when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world in community.  Forest Therapy is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  Toadstool Walks offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. To learn more about Tam, check out ToadstoolWalks.com.

This is a chance to relax, restore, rejuvenate, recharge, heal, connect and recollect, whether that means unplugging for a bit, sleeping in or taking more time to rest, relax, journal, socialize, or just being, this retreat is intended to hold space for that.  There will be a daily schedule of offerings, all of which are optional.

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE Retreat.

  • Home Cooked Vegetarian/Vegan Meals and Snacks (Starting with dinner on Friday and ending with brunch on Monday)

  • Daily Forest Bathing Programming with Tam of Toadstool Walks.

  • Additional Optional Activities: hiking, listening to records and relaxing in our retro retreat center, evening storytelling, journaling, downtime, stargazing and more.

  • Your own bed in a shared bunk room.

All you have to bring is you, exactly as you are.

Space is limited to 10.  

Meeting Location: Waitsfield, Vermont
Start Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Meeting Time: 5-6pm
End Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
End Time: 10am
Price: $425 before Sept. 15, $475 after Sept. 15
Closest Airports: Burlington International Airport (BTV) or Manchester/Boston Regional Airport (MHT)

About Forest Bathing:

Forest Bathing is a facilitated therapeutic experience that combines leisurely walking, sitting, and observation in a forested or natural area. Its a chance to unplug, slow down, relax and deepen our connection with nature which often results in lowered stress related symptoms and an overall sense of wellbeing.

A Forest Bathing walk is typically 2-3 hours long and participants are guided through a standard sequence of gentle sensory- opening invitations that welcome us to notice and absorb more of our natural surroundings. There is a beginning and an end and what happens in between depends on the invitations that are offered. It might be anything from sky gazing to spending an extended period of time with a particular tree. Some invitations are done in pairs, some are done in solitude. In between the various invitations, there are facilitated opportunities to share as a group along the way. The invitations and the sharing are all merely suggestions and ultimately everything that happens on the walk is open to interpretation. There is no wrong way to do it. Forest Bathing can be modified to suit any person or situation. There is no fitness requirement or special gear needed.

Forest Bathing is inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s. There has been years of research and studies done demonstrating how the practice is an effective form of preventative healthcare and treatment for many stress-related illnesses. There is a long list of proven health benefits from increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses.

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Colorado Queer Ski/Snowboard Weekend
Feb
1
to Feb 3

Colorado Queer Ski/Snowboard Weekend

A weekend get-away with other queer, trans and nonbinary people -  minutes from both Cooper Mountain and Breckenridge ski resorts.   We'll be sharing abundant family-style meals, kicking back watching 80's ski movies and relaxing in our private hot tub.

Location:  Dillon, CO (can arrange carpool from Denver)
Start Date: February 1, 2019
Meeting Time:  4pm
End Date: February 3, 2019
End Time: 5pm
Closest Airport: Denver International Airport (DEN)
Cost - $375
Includes: Lodging, food
Doesn't Include: Ski tickets, gear rentals, lessons

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New Hampshire Snowshoe Hut Weekend Adventure
Feb
22
to Feb 24

New Hampshire Snowshoe Hut Weekend Adventure

This beginner friendly snowshoe adventure is on Mt. Cardigan, located in Central New Hampshire and home to the amazing High Cabin, a small lodge that sits just below a gorgeous bald summit. 

We will snowshoe 2 miles in to our 12-bunk cabin and spend the weekend exploring the trails of Mt. Cardigan.  Supplied firewood and wood stove will keep us toasty and the propane stove will keep our hot cocoa and tea brewing. 

Backcountry skiing could be an option if your skill level permits, and the snow is adequate. 

Location: Mt. Cardigan, NH
Meeting Location: Mt. Cardigan, NH
Start Date: February 22, 2019
Meeting Time: 2pm
End Date: February 24, 2019
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Manchester-Boston Regional A (MHT)
Cost: $260

Includes:

  • Lodging

  • Food

  • Snowshoes

  • Micro-spikes (if not enough snow)

  • Backpacks

  • Sleeping bags

Doesn't Include:

  • Backcountry skis


 

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Queer Forest Bathing Retreat w/Toadstool Walks - Washington
May
24
to May 27

Queer Forest Bathing Retreat w/Toadstool Walks - Washington

Join Travis and Tam for a long weekend of nature connection  and experiencing the healing power of the Forest in a supportive Queer Community.  Spending time connecting with nature has been medically proven to treat stress-related illnesses.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there is loads of research about what happens when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world.  Taking time to hit the reset button by slowing down in a natural setting can not only reduce stress and lower cortisol levels but it can also increase overall energy and wellbeing.  

 Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide from Boston, Massachusetts.  Toadstool Walks offer slow-paced guided wanderings that promote wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. This is a practice inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, which translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  Forest Therapy is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  Toadstool Walks offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. To learn more about Tam, check out ToadstoolWalks.com.

 This is a chance to relax, restore, rejuvenate, recharge, heal, connect and recollect, whether that means unplugging for a bit, sleeping in or taking more time to rest, relaxing in the hot tub, journaling, storytelling, or just being, this retreat is intended to hold space for that.  There will be a daily schedule of offerings, all of which are optional.

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE Retreat.

  • 3 nights in your own bed in a large 6 bedroom house with 3 additional living room common areas.  The house is located close to the Columbia River Gorge overlooking Mount Hood and the Cascades.
  • Home Cooked Vegetarian Meals and Snacks (Starting with dinner on Friday and ending with brunch on Monday).
  • Daily Forest Bathing Programming with Tam of Toadstool Walks.
  • Additional Optional Activities: hiking, hot tub soaking, evening storytelling, morning sun salutations, journaling, downtime, stargazing and more.

 All you have to bring is you, exactly as you are.

Space is limited to 10.  

Meeting Location: Lyle, Washington (1.5 hours from Portland, 4 hours from Seattle)
Start Date: May 24, 2019
Meeting Time: 5-7pm
End Date: May 27, 2019
End Time: 11am
Price: $425 after
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

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Vermont Classic Backpacking (Beginner Friendly)
Jun
13
to Jun 16

Vermont Classic Backpacking (Beginner Friendly)

Total beginners to seasoned backpackers will feel welcome and comfortable on this New England adventure. You’ll learn the foundational skills of packing, map reading, camp set-up, backcountry cooking, and get to  sleep under the stars!

Location: The Long Trail, Green Mountains, Vermont
Meeting Location: Northampton, MA
Start Date: June 13, 2019
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: June 16, 2019
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport (please arrive by 11am - airport pickup available)
Cost: $400
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

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 Experienced Backpacking Trip - Pacific Northwest
Jul
7
to Jul 12

Experienced Backpacking Trip - Pacific Northwest

Experienced Backpacking

Each year we explore a new wilderness area of the US, going deeper into the mountains and woods to connect with each other, challenge ourselves, and experience landscapes unreachable by day hiking.  This trip is for those that have previously been on a TVOP trip, or an experienced backpacker.

Location: Pacific Northwest - Trail TBD
Meeting Location: Portland, Oregon
Start Date: July 7, 2019
Meeting Time: 10am
End Date: July 12, 2019
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)
Cost: $850
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

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Vermont Classic Backpacking (Beginner Friendly)
Sep
12
to Sep 15

Vermont Classic Backpacking (Beginner Friendly)

Total beginners to seasoned backpackers will feel welcome and comfortable on this New England adventure. You’ll learn the foundational skills of packing, map reading, camp set-up, backcountry cooking, and get to  sleep under the stars!

Location: The Long Trail, Green Mountains, Vermont
Meeting Location: Northampton, MA
Start Date: September 12, 2019
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: September 15, 2019
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport (please arrive by 11am - airport pickup available)
Cost: $400
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

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Sep
6
to Sep 9

PNW Classic Backpacking - POC Centered

This trip is FULL!  If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please register below.

This backpacking trip is for the absolute beginner, and or the seasoned hiker.  Learn the basic skills of packing, map reading, camp set up, backcountry cooking, and sleeping under the stars.  Or if you're looking for community, this is a great place to start.  See below for further descriptions of typical backpacking days. 

Our mission is to create a safe and welcoming space for people of color. We hope to have at least 50% BIPOC for this adventure! Join us!  

This trip is in collaboration with Wild Diversity

Location: Pacific Northwest - Oregon Central Cascades
Meeting Location: Portland, OR
Start Date: September 6, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: September 9, 2018
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)
Cost: $375 (Scholarships are available)
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, permits, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.  

Lead By:

 Mercy, Instructor (Wild Diversity)

Mercy, Instructor (Wild Diversity)

 Travis, Instructor

Travis, Instructor

 

Classic Backpacking
No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.
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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

#Hike4Rights Summit Hike and/or Celebration

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This fall, Massachusetts voters will be voting on the rights of transgender people in public spaces: that includes parks, trails, and outdoor recreational facilities. To raise awareness for this important issue, we're backpacking across the entire state of Massachusetts along the Appalachian Trail, from Connecticut to Vermont. We're going to hike for our rights, and the rights of all transgender people, to enjoy the outdoors in the state we call home.

Mason & Ev are walking north on the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts to raise awareness about the bill that will be on the ballot next November effecting the rights of trans people in public spaces.

Hike the final 4 miles/1500' elevation gain to the summit with Mason & Ev, or take one of our buses to the summit for the celebration event. 

Please register so know how many folks to expect and share this invite with your friends and family.

Meet us at the summit of Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, where we'll fly the trans pride flag!  Hiking event starts at 10am - summit celebration at 2pm. 

Check out the Hike 4 Rights info video:

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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Queer Day Hike - Chester-Blanford Forest - Chester, Massachusetts

Please join us for a Queer Day Hike on Sunday, August 5:

  • 5 mile loop, 1000ft elevation between highest and lowest points
  • Post-hike secluded waterfall swim!

    Date: Sunday, August 5
    Time: 10am (at trailhead)
    Location: Chester-Blanford Forest
    Meet: Sanderson Brook Rd, Chester MA (parking lot on the corner of Sanderson Brook and Hwy 20) Carpooling from Amherst and/or Northampton available. 
    Please bring:  Backpack, 2 liters water, snacks, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes/boots!

     
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Jul
8
to Jul 13

Maine Summit to Sea Experience Multi-Environment Week

Maine.  Rugged, raw, rural, real.  We'll bring you to the highest point in Maine, Mt. Katahdin, and then back down again to the famous rocky coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.  This trip will combine elements of camping, big day hiking & kayaking.  This is a a transmasculine lead trip and for experienced hikers who also identify as transmasculine.

Location: Baxter State Park & Deer Isle, Maine
Meeting Location: Portland, Maine
Start Date: July 8, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: July 13, 2018
End Time: 4pm
Closest Airport: Portland International Jetport (PWM)  (please arrive by 12pm - airport pickup available) 
Cost: $800
Includes: Transportation, lodging, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Airfare, personal clothing, hiking boots/shoes, toiletries.

Preferred Name *
Preferred Name
Address
Address
Date of Birth
Date of Birth
 Perry Cohen, Instructor

Perry Cohen, Instructor

 Travis, Instructor

Travis, Instructor

 
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Jun
16
to Jun 17

Queer Women's Vermont Classic Backpacking

Join us for our Queer Women’s Backpacking trip in Southern Vermont. This long weekend backpacking trip is led by queer women for queer women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome and encourage trans, genderqueer, and non-binary folks to register for this trip.  If it sounds like the right adventure for you - it is!

Total beginners to seasoned backpackers will feel welcome and comfortable on this New England adventure. You’ll learn the foundational skills of packing, map reading, camp set-up, backcountry cooking, and get to  sleep under the stars!

Location: The Long Trail, Green Mountains, Vermont
Meeting Location: Northampton, MA
Start Date: June 14, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: June 17, 2018
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport (please arrive by 11am - airport pickup availalbe)
Cost: $375
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

Classic
No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.
                                                  
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May
25
to May 28

FOREST BATHING RETREAT W/ TOADSTOOL WALKS

Join Travis and Tam for a long weekend of nature connection  and experiencing the healing power of the Forest in a supportive Queer Community.  Spending time connecting with nature has been medically proven to treat stress-related illnesses.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there is loads of research about what happens when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world.  Taking time to hit the reset button by slowing down in a natural setting can not only reduce stress and lower cortisol levels but it can also increase overall energy and wellbeing.  

 Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide from Boston, Massachusetts.  Toadstool Walks offer slow-paced guided wanderings that promote wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. This is a practice inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, which translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  Forest Therapy is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  Toadstool Walks offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. To learn more about Tam, check out ToadstoolWalks.com.

 This is a chance to relax, restore, rejuvenate, recharge, heal, connect and recollect, whether that means unplugging for a bit, sleeping in or taking more time to rest, relaxing in the hot tub, journaling, storytelling, or just being, this retreat is intended to hold space for that.  There will be a daily schedule of offerings, all of which are optional.

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE Retreat.

  • 3 nights in your own bed in a large 6 bedroom house with 3 additional living room common areas.  The house is located close to the Columbia River Gorge overlooking Mount Hood and the Cascades.
  • Home Cooked Vegetarian Meals and Snacks (Starting with dinner on Friday and ending with brunch on Monday).
  • Daily Forest Bathing Programming with Tam of Toadstool Walks.
  • Additional Optional Activities: hiking, hot tub soaking, evening storytelling, morning sun salutations, journaling, downtime, stargazing and more.

 All you have to bring is you, exactly as you are.

Space is limited to 10.  

Meeting Location: Lyle, Washington (1.5 hours from Portland, 4 hours from Seattle)
Start Date: May 25, 2018
Meeting Time: 5-7pm
End Date: May 28, 2018
End Time: 11am
Price: $425 after
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

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May
12
8:00 AM08:00

WILDFLOWER HIKE - COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE (WA)

The spring is an incredible time to enjoy the gorge!  Join us as we explore the Lyle Cherry Orchard in Lyle, Washington.  

Hike:  Lyle Cherry Orchard
Miles: 5 miles (round trip - out and back)
Elevation Gain: 1160' 
Bring:  Lunch, snacks, water, warm layers, small backpack
Carpool:  Meet in Portland 8am (register for address)

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