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BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion - AUG 15 2024

On this 4-day beginner backpacking trip you will learn basic skills associated with backpacking and camping such as starting fires, setting up tents and tying knots. We'll lean into our senses to find stillness, meet trees, listen to the songs of the water, and find support from stones.

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BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion - AUG 15 2024
BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion - AUG 15 2024

Where & When

Aug 15, 2024, 1:00 PM – Aug 18, 2024, 7:00 PM

Location is TBD

About

These trips run on a sliding scale $275-$1000.

PLEASE READ SLIDING SCALE AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION BELOW

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

-Small Groups

-Individual Tents

-Negative COVID-19 test taken at least 3 weeks prior to trip

-Health screen day of trip

-Full vaccination preferred

Details:

FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: CLICK HERE 

These trips run on a sliding scale $275-$1000.

The BIPOC Forest Immersion is a 4 day backpacking trip in the Green Mountains in VT for beginners or those looking for a chance to connect with other BIPOC folks in a low pressure camping environment.These trips are for beginners, advanced backpackers, and everyone in between. These programs are intended for ages 18+. These trips offer an introduction into the basic skills of backpacking and camping like packing a bag, setting up tents, basic navigation, starting fires, knots, and all of the other cool skills that come with being in the wild.  There is also time for crafts like carving spoons and cordage. 

Today, Black people and people of color are 3x more likely to live in nature deprived areas. Symptoms of nature deprivation include but are not limited to attention deficits, mood imbalances, poor cardiovascular health, poor emotional regulation, and a compromised immune system. Yet, trees and plants have an incredible capacity to support human health.

Forest bathing is a mindfulness practice that slows down our nervous system. This drop in nervous system activity allows our bodies to be receptive to the compounds found in forest air. Phytoncide compounds, for example, are emitted by trees and plants and contain antifungal and antibacterial properties and have a beneficial effect on human immune function, natural anti-cancer cell (NK cell) production, cardiovascular health, high order cognitive skills, stress responses, emotional regulation, and mental health. Studies done by the Department of Hygiene and Public Health at Nippon Medical School in Japan showed that after a 3-day/2-night forest bathing trip natural killer cell production and immune function increased in participants for up to 30 days.

Reclaiming a healthy relationship to wild land as Black, Indigenous, and People of color is a means of resistance to forces that seek to exclude us. Being out in nature is a way for us to shed ancestral traumas related to the wilderness and find our own way of connection. Ancestral living skills were no doubt carried by our ancestors through the diaspora and along the journey to freedom. We deserve to enjoy wild spaces and learn these skills without worrying about our safety, and truly benefit from the healing that nature has to offer.

Accessibility & Logistics:

Trail: TBD

total trip mileage: TBD

*if you are a more advanced backpacker looking to clock miles or have a challenging hike this is not he trip for you. This trip is for beginners. Each days trip mileage is roughly 1.5 miles. 

Accessibility

The nature of hiking and backpacking (heavy lifting, distanced hikes, crouching, bending, etc) and the terrain of this specific location makes accessibility to this specific event limited. We are working to ensure these trips are accessible to everyone and are open to feedback on how to do that.

Meals will be determined based on participants' needs including allergies and food restrictions.

**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 would like more details and information before registration.**

Here is a general itinerary for our time together. General itinerary is subject to change based on the group's needs.

Day 1: Diving into the skills : a full day of learning the skills in a not-so-backcountry space to prepare for the next 3 days on the land

Day 2: We are on trail! arriving at our first camping location an putting new skills to the test

Day 3: new campsite. community time & activities, forest bathing activities, day hikes, etc

Day 4: reflection, gratitude, pack up & head out, debrief & post trip clean up

WHAT IS PROVIDED TO YOU:

  • gear (your own tent, backpack, sleepings bag, sleeping pad, cup, bowl, spork, & headlamp).
  • food and snacks
  • transportation to/from trailhead (will need one volunteer to caravan)

WHAT IS NOT PROVIDED TO YOU:

  • transportation to/from meeting location (please contact if transportation support is needed. A carpool list will be sent upon registration).
  • personal gear (clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc)
  • personal dietary snacks

Please contact Raei@the-rusty-anvil.land for support with clothing. A packing list will be sent upon registration.

Tickets

  • sliding scale

    Pay what you can! this program runs on a sliding scale $275-$1,000. if you can donate higher on the sliding scale please consider doing so. this allows other folks to attend who may not be able to pay on the lower end :)

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