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Thu, Sep 09


Big Branch Wilderness

BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion- September

Spend 4 days and 3 nights on the Long Trail in Mount Tabor, VT and learn the basics of backpacking, fire building, knot tying, and navigation, through a forest bathing lens while reclaiming your ancestral relationship to land and place.

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BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion- September
BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion- September

Where & When

Sep 09, 2021, 11:30 AM – Sep 12, 2021, 6:30 PM

Big Branch Wilderness, Mt Tabor, VT 05739, USA


These programs are intended for ages 18+

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


This trip is based on a $275-525 sliding scale to support operating costs. If you would like to sponsor a ticket for someone please purchase a second ticket with "Sponsorship" in the comments. Donations for scholarships can also be made on our Donation Page. Please contact Raei@the-rusty-anvil for scholarship information.

These trips are for beginners, advanced backpackers, and everyone in between.

The forest bathing immersion is centered around BIPOC individuals in their journey towards reclamation and reconnection to the natural world. These immersions offer opportunity to experience the healing benefits of the natural world through various mindfulness-based forest bathing activities and space to engage in collaborative activities and conversation that build connection with human and more-than-human kin. Participants also learn naturalist skills that empower them to take wilderness trips in confidence. Participants learn skills such as how to set up tents, pack a backpacking pack, navigate with and without a compass, start a fire, tie knots, and identify various plants and trees in community with other BIPOC individuals. These immersions are intended to bridge the gap between marginalized communities and nature, and offer safe spaces to connect to the natural world.

Accessibility & Logistics:

Trail: Long Trail, Big Branch Wilderness, Mount Tabor VT

day 2: 1.1 miles 150 ft elelvation gain

day 3: 6 miles 1,093 ft evelation gain

day 4: 7 miles 640 ft elevation gain


The nature of hiking and backpacking (heavy lifting, distanced hikes, crouching, bending, etc) and the terrain of this specific location makes acessibility to this specific event limited. We are working to ensure these trips are accesbile to everyone.

Meals will be determined based on participants needs including allergies and dietary 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 if you would like more details and information before registration.**

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

Day 1: Diving into the skills : packing, tents, fire, acountability

Day 2: On the trail : landing in the body and connecting with the land

Day 3: Community time & activities, forest bathing activies.

Day 4: Pack up & head out, hike to summit, share council/ debrief.


  • gear (your own tent, backpacks, sleepings bags, sleeping pads, bowl, cup, etc).
  • food and snacks
  • transportation to/from trailhead (will need one volunteer to caravan)


  • transportation to/from meeting location
  • personal gear (clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc)

Please contact if you need support with clothing. A packing list will be sent upon registration.


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