Nature Therapy

Nature can be extremely therapeutic when you allow it in. Many of our classes at The Lodge at Woodloch pair together perfectly for healing through nature.

The Lodge at Woodloch embraces a philosophy of personal awakening. As so many individuals get swept up in the whirlwind of life, The Lodge at Woodloch strives to give you an opportunity to shift from your everyday routine and re-focus. Below is a sampling of activities focused on healing through nature - these activities are a starting point to a journey that will be uniquely yours.

A table view from a Decorative Birdhouse class at The Lodge at Woodloch A view of the garden gate from inside the Farm-to-Table Garden at The Lodge at Woodloch A man and a woman out on a guided hike at The Lodge at Woodloch and stopping to look closely at a tree

Clear the Mind Walking Our Labyrinth
The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way.

Forest Bathing
Join one of our Certified Forest Bathing experts for a slow and contemplative walk that will focus on keeping the body and mind in the present while teaching techniques for deep breathing and mind-body awareness. Research shows that there is a marked decrease in stress-related hormones, a decrease in heart rates, lowered blood pressure, among other monumental benefits. Come and enjoy the healing powers of the nature that surrounds us.

Sun Printing Inspired by the Garden
Create unique and beautiful images on paper using plants, sunlight, and water. The cyanotype process has been used by botanists and architects for centuries and is an excellent way to express both artistic creativity and a love of nature. We will collect, arrange, and expose plants from the farm on sensitized paper, and everyone will leave with a handmade work of art.

Decorative Birdhouses
Be inspired by nature’s gifts and design beautiful ornamental birdhouses. We provide the ornament style birdhouses and natural items, you provide the creative spirit. Your unique and natural pieces will be perfect for displaying at home, a great reminder of your time at The Lodge at Woodloch. Cost is $20 per person.

Forage for Edible & Medicinal Plants with Certified Herbalist Heather Houskeeper
Heather is a Certified Herbalist, long-distance hiker, author, and lover of all things wild. She has hiked the Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Finger Lakes Trail, and Long Path, researching the plants and foraging along the way. She aspires everyday to learn more about and connect deeper with the natural world in which she lives, as well as open her eyes ever wider to the beauty of which she is a part.

Wildflower Walk
Join our Nature Guide as we explore the beautiful forests and fields that surround The Lodge at Woodloch seeking out the seasonal floral gifts Mother Nature provides us.

Honey Bee Talk
Spend some time with our resident beekeeper, in discussion of the life cycle of the honey bee and their environmental importance. We’ll compare holistic and conventional beekeeping while displaying the components and tools necessary to start your very own apiary!

Blackmore Farm & Garden Tours
Come experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of The Lodge at Woodloch’s working organic farm. Just a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel, you’ll find attractions such as our vegetable garden, orchard, composting operation, mushroom logs, high tunnels, and our very own apiary.

Grounding in the Garden
Treat yourself to a mindful moment in the garden and learn how to release the stress of daily life with help from the healing energy of nature! Your journey will include breath work, meditation, , and moments of reflection as you unlock new levels of healing and connection to the natural world around us. Blackmore Farm is a 5-10 minute walk from The Lodge at Woodloch main building.