This summer, join Michelle one Saturday a month in Chesterfield, Massachusetts for a retreat reconnecting and immersing yourself in Nature.
Depending on the time of year, and if we are lucky, we might see signs of or even glimpse some of the many creatures living within the Western Mass ecosystem. We'll mindfully observe the native tree and flora species of the forests of Western Mass, along with some of the invasive species that are currently threatening our ecosystem - and some of the species that have been lost to our region, too.
We will hike and wade along the West Branch/Bronson Brook, a tributary of the Westfield River, crisscrossing the brook and bushwhacking to find pristine, clear swimming holes along the way. We'll have a chance to swim, or just observe the cool water pooling and spilling amongst moss covered rocks and boulders.
We'll walk along the tops of ridge lines to giant beaver ponds, and bushwhack along spectacular cliffs overlooking old growth trees and vernal glens. If the day's too hot for hiking, we'll drive a mile away to the Chesterfield Bend on the Westfield River, to simply swim and and chill.
And in the Fall, when the leaves are their most glorious, we'll hike to a glorious hill, close to the Worthington border with spectacular, colorful open views of Worthington, Cummington and beyond.
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir
*Financial stress should not preclude anyone from participating in these retreats. Sliding scale allows participants to pay according to individual means. Three levels are indicated on this scale: Scholarship-Sustaining-Benefactor. Work study is also available for anyone in dire need, especially for those who are under/unemployed. Part of my mission is to have better representation of Latinas & People of Color in yoga and mindfulness spaces and retreats, and thus discounts will be considered for those beautiful populations first. Please contact Michelle to confidentially inquire about how you can participate.