with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children
Renewal in the Wilderness is partnering with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children to offer a couple of local nature retreats open to members of the CPPC network. These Half-Wild Retreats are designed to make space for you to connect with wild nature and well-being. You’ll experience a gentle and sauntering hike, trailside meditations, and unforced opportunity to connect with colleagues in a context that prioritizes your shared need for renewal as you continue to devote yourself to the important work you do in the world.
October 2, 2019, 9am-12pm
Presumpscot River Preserve in Cumberland County
Rendezvous at 9am at Presumpscot River Preserve trailhead: 98 Overset Rd, Portland, ME 04103
Limit: 12 people
October 8, 2019, 9am-12pm
Wells Reserve in York County
Rendezvous at 9am at Wells Reserve parking lot: 342 Laudholm Farms Rd, Wells, ME 04090
Limit: 12 people
What to expect
spending time in silence, including the practice of turning off devices
sauntering at a gentle pace on a nature trail
sitting on the ground, a camp seat, or bench for reflection time
opportunity to share insights and reflections
availability of snacks and encouragement!
we will plan to meet in light precipitation, but will reschedule in the case of more severe inclement weather
What to bring
sturdy walking shoes
dress in appropriate layers to adjust for temperature/weather
full water bottle
sun protection (sunscreen, hat, glasses)
personal emergency medications (e.g. albuterol, epinephrine)
signed RITW release form
Our approach to guiding
When you join us on a retreat we want you to come as you are, with confidence that who you are is enough. We will do our best to help make space for you to be at ease among the elements of wild nature.
Our priority, whether deep in the woods of northern Maine or just a few steps into a neighborhood park, is to help you navigate toward a safe and profound encounter with wildness according to your own limits and capacities.