Half-Wild Retreats

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)

  • insect repellent

  • 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.

Guide contact

Aram Mitchell


(207) 200-3494