A charitable weekend program to

develop a calming mind through NATURE


All proceeds go to local conservation efforts!

2020 Fall guest Tai Chi instructor:

Carol Suzdak

It's About The Connection

Through the connection to the natural world, we experience a deeper connection to self,

connection to spirituality, and

connection to others


  • Therapeutic Movement (Yoga or QiGong) to release stress and sync with the energy of the forest

  • Native American Council 

  • Nature Mandala

  • Nature Rituals

  • Meditation in Nature

  • Shin Rin Yoku (forest bathing)

  • Forest Therapy

  • Earthing 

  • Silence & Solitude Practice

  • Teachings on Nature Therapy

  • 5 Fresh, healthy vegetarian meals

  • 2 nights accommodations


Make a conscious choice to step out of your daily life and open to a new way of connecting with nature, with self, and with your spirituality.

  • connect with the beauty and peace around you through contemplative practices such as mindfulness, meditation, periods of silence and movement practices

  • reflect on the effects of nature on your psychological well-being and spirituality

  • connect with your fellow participants through small group sharing

  • experience a campfire circle

  • create a personal nature mosaic

  • practice "letting go" in nature

  • digital detox

Give Back

Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan & Co-Host volunteering their time for Peace In the Wild program

Give Forward

Your donation goes to a scholarship fund to help other participants who have greater financial needs

All Proceeds Goes to Local Conservation Groups like

Research has long proven that connection with nature has a profound healing effect on the physical and emotional health of human beings. This weekend is an opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level, get to know ourselves better, and develop a calm and alert mind. By doing this we can begin to live our lives with greater ease, clarity, and joy. We’ll spend time throughout the weekend learning and practicing techniques for quieting the mind, including meditation, enjoying silence, and movement practices (if you’re new to these practices, you’ll get plenty of instruction). 

The Weekend is for people who:

  • feel most alive and happy outdoors and who want to build a relationship with the natural world

  • want to hit the reset button of daily life and experience a sense of groundedness

  • feel lost on their current journey or have lost sight of their vision for their life

  • are moving through a life transition 

  • experience a lot of stress and anxiety and need the solace of nature to replenish

  • are in the process of grieving and want the nurturing support of being in nature and community

“What a special weekend! I am in awe about how smoothly and nurturing the weekend was for me! I had some idea what to expect and the weekend exceeded my expectations!! "


Fall Dates: October 10th and 11th, 9am to 1pm 

Location: Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center,

1717 Rayville Rd, Parkton, MD 21120
Cost: $180 (does not include $50 tent rental fee) 

The cost includes healthy meals, accommodations and weekend materials. 


Limited to 15 participants - Register Now!

What Past Participants Said

“What a special weekend! I am in awe about how smoothly and nurturing the weekend was for me! I had some idea what to expect and the weekend exceeded my expectations!! "

“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!  "

Spots now available for Peace in the Wild! 

In order to ensure safety retreat goers will be able to sleep at home, or use a personal tent. Retreat limited to 15 participants. Meals served Saturday and Sunday. Cost has been reduced to $180 for the entire weekend. Email or call 410-567-1117 extension 2 for questions. 

The Retreat will take place on October 10th and 11th 

9am to 8pm

9am to 1pm

at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center

1717 Rayville Rd, Parkton, MD 21120

Give the Gift of Peace

I believe in the ability of nature to transform and renew people’s well-being and mental health. 

As a psychotherapist and scholar, I have explored the health effects of being in nature, and found that people benefit tremendously from having a close connection with the forest. 

We all become better human beings when we encounter nature in an intimate way. Especially, those who suffer from stress and anxiety will discover great sense of calm and peacefulness.

By Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D. 

Therefore, I created Peace in the Wild (PIW), a program that brings people and nature together in the beauty of Western Maryland. Former participants describe their experience as transformative in their relationship to the natural world. 

Please consider contributing to our financial aid fund to enable people in need of monetary support. Every amount counts – even the smallest donations will help people cover cost of attending.

PIW is a charitable program. Once expenses are covered, all proceeds will be donated to the Appalachian Mountain Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of wild places. 

Contact Us

1010 Dulaney Valley Road

Towson, MD 21204

(410) 567-1117

Fax: 443-377-1538

Intake Questions:

Billing Questions:

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Interested in therapy for yourself or a loved one? Please contact our intake team. Include your name, phone number, insurance, and a brief overview on why you are seeking counseling. 

If this an emergency please dial 911

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