2021 Fall Adult Therapeutic Walking & Hiking Group in Skagit County

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free”
-Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

Grief and Loss Naturalist Group: September 2021

I am offering a bi-monthly walk/hike group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one in the last year. I will be providing grief and loss coping tools, psychoeducation and mindfulness practices. Also, guidance on how to connect to the natural world for remembrance, renewal and much more. We will be also learning to ID plants, birds, animals tracks and sign! I am a trained naturalist, wilderness guide, ethnobotanist as well as a LMHC that specializes in bereavement counseling. Wild places can become allies for our life path and especially during our healing journey. This will be offered starting September 2021 (dates TBA) and will be 30$ per person/2-3 hours.

“Wisdom grows in the woods”

How Intense will this be physically?

For this group, we will have low to medium walk/hike intensity at local natural areas in Skagit County parks, trails and sometimes hilly locations. We will be incorporating naturalist skills which may also include time sitting in nature for rest and contemplation. A description of each walk/hike, intensity and gear needed will provided beforehand.

Details and Registration:

LOCATIONS: Western Skagit County natural areas.

COVID SAFETY STATEMENT: Starting date with be determined by recommendation from WA Department of Health, CDC and local counseling and outdoor recreation ethics boards. We may require folks to wear masks if recommended by the above agencies. I will update this box as things progress through the summer!

TO BE ADDED TO MAILING LIST FOR REGISTRATION:

Please email me your full name, email, a contact phone number* to lindsayhuettman@soulstewardscounseling.com to be added to the list.

(*We will have a short phone 15 min consultation before group to make sure this is a good fit for you)

Wilderness Guide Qualifications: I am a certified Wilderness First Responder with over 20 years of wilderness, whitewater guiding and naturalist mentoring experience in the outdoors.

Looking forward to creating a healing community with you for all to be nourished and rejuvenated in nature!

Lindsay L. Huettman, MA LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)

Wilderness Guide, Naturalist and Plantdork