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Fri, Oct 27


Appalachian Trail

Intro to Backpacking for Mental Health

Immersive nature experiences have been shown to increase creativity and “clean off the mental windshield.” Join our team of expert therapists and outdoor leaders on a two-night backpacking trip full of tools to assist you in connecting with the natural world around you and increasing self-awareness.

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Intro to Backpacking for Mental Health
Intro to Backpacking for Mental Health

Time & Location

Oct 27, 2023, 4:00 PM – Oct 29, 2023, 4:00 PM

Appalachian Trail

About the Event

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Co-led by Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Executive Director of The Center for Nature Informed Therapy, and two other mental health professionals, we will come together for an immersive nature experience in the beautiful Michaux State Forest (about 2 to 2.5 hours from Baltimore).

Facilitators will use their experience in nature-informed mental health, to lead participants to unplug and rejuvenate as we hike across the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian trail.

We will introduce several nature-informed wellness practices to enrich your experience of the landscape and include some simple mindfulness activities.

Being in nature can boost your mood and improve mental health. Hiking reduces rumination which is associated with anxiety. Just fifteen minutes of walking in the woods generates a 16 percent drop in the stress hormone cortisol. This weekend promised a deep drop in cortisol.

Backpacking provides a welcome break from the feeling of always being ‘switched on’. We’re constantly staring at screens and checking our phones, always plugged into the network of the world.

Wandering where there is no Wi-Fi can really help to relieve the effects of the mental fatigue that technology inevitably brings.

We will meet on Friday and set up camp in Caledonia State Park for the night, where there will be running water and bathrooms. On Saturday morning, we begin our backpacking adventure and camp that evening in a wild area with no running water or facilities. We return to Caledonia State Park around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Anticipate a total of 10 miles for the trip over the two days, with some elevation gain and occasional wet and uneven ground.

This is the perfect experience for anyone who needs some time in nature to recalibrate. For anyone who wants to take their nature connection to the next level. For anyone who needs a digital detox. For anyone who is trying to gain clarity and desires a “cleaning of the mental windshield”.


  • This program is open to those who have a fitness level that allows 2 days of moderate-pace hiking.
  • All food and group cooking equipment will be provided. You will receive a packing list of items you will need that are NOT provided, along with a link to rent gear (such as a tent, backpack, sleeping bag/pad).
  • We will gather/filter water for use on Saturday and Sunday.
  • No experience in backpacking is necessary.
  • We will be carrying packs and hiking trails that are at times muddy and hilly.

*Scholarship available upon request! 


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