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Journey Within: Reconnect, Recharge, Renew

2024 date: Oct 25-27

Part of proceeds go to local conservation efforts!


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At Peace in the Wild (PIW), we understand the profound impact nature has on personal well-being and mental health. Our team of psychotherapists and researchers have delved into the therapeutic effects of connecting with the natural world, discovering that this close bond significantly benefits individuals, particularly those grappling with stress and anxiety.


We are proud to present Peace in the Wild, an immersive program designed to unite people with the enchanting landscapes of Western Maryland. Our past participants have described their experiences as life-changing, cultivating a deeper appreciation for and connection to nature.

We invite you to support our mission by contributing to our financial aid fund, which assists individuals who require monetary assistance to attend the program. No contribution is too small—every donation helps make this transformative experience accessible to more people in need.

As a charitable initiative, Peace in the Wild is dedicated to giving back. Once our operational expenses are met, we proudly donate all remaining proceeds to a local non-profit organization focused on nature conservation.



Embark on a transformative journey as you step away from your daily life and immerse yourself in the nurturing embrace of nature. The Peace in the Wild retreat offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world, yourself, and your spirituality through a variety of contemplative practices, such as:

  • Mindfulness and meditation

  • Periods of silence

  • Movement practices, like yoga or tai chi


Our retreat takes place at a serene retreat center, where you'll enjoy comfortable accommodations and delicious, healthy meals.

Included in the program:

  • Five nutritious and hearty meals

  • Two nights' accommodations

  • Small group interactions for personal connections

  • Engaging nature-focused activities:

    • Nature mandala and rituals

    • Meditation in nature

    • Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and forest therapy

    • Earthing

    • Silence and solitude practice

    • Teachings on nature therapy

  • Campfire circle experience

  • Personal nature mosaic creation

  • "Letting go" practice in nature

  • Digital detox for true immersion

  • Therapeutic movement (yoga or tai chi) to release stress and harmonize with the forest's energy


This Retreat Is Ideal for Those Who: 

  • Feel happiest and most alive outdoors and wish to build a stronger relationship with nature

  • Want to reset and find grounding away from daily life

  • Are navigating a life transition or have lost sight of their life's vision

  • Experience stress and anxiety and seek solace in nature's tranquility

  • Are grieving and need the nurturing support of nature and community


DSC05704.jpg the first word to come to mind. I attended Peace in the Wild 2023 this past Fall, and yesterday I received the "Note to Self" in the mail. The timing of receipt of my note/letter to myself could not have come at the right opportune time. In my journey of grief from loss of a loved one, stress from work, health of my spouse and my "upcoming back surgery"; my note to myself could not have come at a more opportune time...beyond a shadow of a doubt. By some magic, when you collected our notes and advised that when we'd receive them, it would be appropo, so appropriate for this time and space. How did you know?"

S.G. 2023 Participant

“I gave myself permission to step outside my comfort zone just enough to benefit from awesome personal growth. Receiving comfort from other fellow humans who feel the same anxiety as myself was very awesome."


“The whole weekend was perfect timing for my life's journey. I feel refreshed, enlightened and new! I've been sharing my experience with my dear friends who have been wondering what my weekend was like. Joy leaps out of me as I listen to myself explaining the "Peace in the Wilderness" weekend story. I'm full of smiles!  "


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Call: 410-567-1117 ext.3

Peace in the Wild, Fall 24
Peace in the Wild, Fall 24
Oct 25, 2024, 3:30 PM
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Retreat Center
Registe PIW

CMHC Event Cancellation Policy

Please note: CMHC  reserves the right to cancel any event due to insufficient enrollment or extreme weather. If CMHC cancels an event, all registrants will be notified and all registration fees will be fully refunded.

Full payment is required at the time of registration.

If you need to withdraw for personal reasons, 5 days' notice is required for a full refund minus a 10% processing fee.

NO refunds for no-shows or last-minute withdrawals (within 5 days of the program)

We appreciate your interest in CMHC events and hope to see you soon."

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